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ANXIETY DISORDERS

INTRODUCTION

The anxiety disorders, panic disorder (with and without agoraphobia), generalized anxiety disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and post-traumatic stress disorder are among the most common psychiatric disorders, with a one-year prevalence of 4 to 8% of the general population.1 The term anxiety may be defined as an excessive level of arousal and/or awareness that is associated with functional impairment. The different anxiety disorders, as outlined in this chapter, all exhibit both subjective and objective symptoms.

DIAGNOSTIC CRITERIA

The DSM-IV criteria for a panic attack, panic disorder without agoraphobia, panic disorder with agoraphobia, generalized anxiety disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder ...

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