CHAPTER2

The Anxiety Disorders

In This Chapter

  • What a diagnosis really means
  • Anxiety disorders and related conditions
  • What these disorders do—and don’t—have in common
  • Getting support from friends and family

I’m going crazy. I can’t breathe. I’ve got to get out of here. I know the doctors have missed something; maybe I have AIDS! I’d rather die than get up in front of that group … . I can’t turn off these thoughts racing around and around in my head.

This is the world of anxiety. Unless you’ve suffered from it, it can be quite difficult to understand how someone’s life can be so affected by what may appear quite trivial. Unfortunately, a lot ...

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