Anxiety Disorders

Monday, March 10, 2014

Anxiety disorders are the most common psychiatric illnesses affecting children and adults. Dr. Edward Hill tells us more about these disorders in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Anxiety helps us get out of harms way and prepare for important events, and it warns us when we need to take action. But you may experience anxiety that is persistent, seemingly uncontrollable, and overwhelming. If its an excessive, irrational dread of everyday situations, it can be disabling. When anxiety interferes with daily activities, you may have an anxiety disorder.

The term anxiety disorder includes generalized anxiety disorder, panic disorder and panic attacks, agoraphobia, social anxiety disorder, selective mutism, separation anxiety and specific phobias.

Obsessive-compulsive disorder and posttraumatic stress disorder are closely related to anxiety disorders, which some may experience at the same time, along with depression.

An estimated 40 million American adults suffer from anxiety disorders. Only about one-third of those suffering from an anxiety disorder receive treatment, even though the disorders are highly treatable.

Finding help is critical for those suffering from anxiety disorders. If you feel that you or someone you love needs help, talk to your doctor.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.