Anxiety

Did you know that 40 million American adults live with anxiety disorders each year?

18% of American adults are affected by an anxiety disorder such as Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and specific phobias each year. Tweet >

Anxiety disorders can become so severe that normal life and relationships become impaired. There are many types of anxiety disorders with their own unique sets of symptoms. Some of these disorders include panic disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), social phobia (or social anxiety disorder), specific phobias, and generalized anxiety disorder (GAD).

Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD) is an exaggerated anxiety and tension that persists for months on end and affects approximately 6.8 million Americans. GAD causes people to anticipate catastrophe and worry excessively about many things, from overarching concerns such as health, money or work to more routine concerns such as car repairs or appointments. Worries can be accompanied by physical symptoms, such as fatigue, headaches, muscle tension and aches, difficulty swallowing, trembling, twitching, irritability, sweating, and hot flashes. The disorder usually develops gradually and may begin anytime during life, although the risk is highest between childhood and middle age.

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B.J. Casey, Ph.D., expert on anxiety research and children and adolescence mental health
B.J. Casey, Ph.D.
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David T. Hsu, Ph.D. - Brain & behavior research expert on anxiety
David T. Hsu, Ph.D.
October 09, 2013
A team of researchers that includes three current and former Foundation-funded scientists has discovered that the same brain system known to ease sustained...
Kevin G. Bath, Ph.D., of Brown University, expert in mental illness research
Kevin G. Bath, Ph.D.
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Eric J. Nestler, M.D., Ph.D., brain & behavior research expert on depression and anxiety symptoms
Eric J. Nestler, M.D., Ph.D.
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As two Brain & Behavior Research Foundation-funded investigators point out in an article appearing online August 14th in Nature Reviews Neuroscience, more...
two-time NARSAD Grantee, Olivier Berton, Ph.D., of the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, Expert on Depression and Anxiety Disorders Research
Olivier Berton, Ph.D.
September 02, 2013
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