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Anxiety and Depressive Disorder Adults

Social Anxiety Adults

Social anxiety is painful and anguishing. It can interfere with social functioning, relationships and career. Social anxiety is characterized by: Marked and persistent fear of one or more social or performance situations in which the person is exposed to unfamiliar people or possible scrutiny by others. The individual fears that he or she will act in a way (or show anxiety symptoms) that will be humiliating or embarrassing. Exposure to the feared situation almost always […]

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Adults

Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder is likely to affect 2% of the population at some point in their life. The disorder is equally common in males and females. Obsessions are: Recurrent or persistent thoughts, impulses, or images that are experienced, at some time during the disturbance, as intrusive and inappropriate and that cause marked anxiety or distress; The thoughts, impulses, or images are not simply excessive worries about real life problems; The person attempts to ignore or suppress […]

Panic Disorder Adults

Panic Disorder is the experience of panic attacks followed by ongoing concern and worry about having another panic attack and/or worry about the possible consequences of a panic attack.  There may be avoidant behaviors associated with, and secondary to, the panic attacks.  Panic attacks consist of: 1. Heart palpitations or racing heart 2. Sweating 3. Trembling or shaking 4. Sensations of shortness of breath or a smothering sensation 5. Feeling of choking 6. Chest pain […]

Generalized Anxiety Disorder Adults

Generalized Anxiety Disorder is: A. Excessive anxiety and worry, occurring more days than not, for at least six months, about a number of events or activities, such as work or school performance; B. Difficulty controlling the worry; C. The anxiety and worry are associated with three or more of the following symptoms: 1. Restlessness or feeling on edge 2. Being easily fatigued 3. Difficulty concentrating or mind going blank 4. Irritability 5. Muscle tension 6. […]

Depression Fact Sheet

How Psychotherapy Helps People Recover From Depression According to the National Institute of Mental Health, an estimated 18.8 million adult Americans suffer from depression during any one-year period. Many do not even recognize that they have a condition that can be treated very effectively. This question-and-answer fact sheet discusses depression with a focus on how psychotherapy can help a depressed person recover. How does depression differ from occasional sadness? Everyone feels sad or “blue” on […]