Anxiety disorders are a group of mental disorders characterized by exaggerated feelings of anxiety and fear responses. Many people with anxiety disorders worry a lot and often. They usually recognize that their worry is more intense or distressing than the situation warrants. Sometimes they worry so much that it gets in the way of their daily activities, like going to school or work, and causes them significant distress.
Anxiety disorders can cause serious problems in a person's life and relationships. People with these conditions often don't know when and where to turn for help because many people with anxiety disorders fear the stigma of mental illness. However, anxiety is treatable. Treatment for anxiety disorders, which are generally long-lasting, varies. It may include counseling, medicines and lifestyle changes.