Anxiety disorders encompass a wide range of symptoms. Depending on one's symptoms your anxiety will be classified as generalized anxiety disorder, panic disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, social anxiety disorder, or specific phobias, such as a fear of flying. Everyone has anxiety from time to time, but anxiety becomes a problem when it is bad enough to interfere with your daily life.
An anxiety disorder is a condition in which people react to various situations with anxiety and fear, in addition to physical responses such as sweating. Although these are normal feelings at times, if they are excessive and don't go away, they may indicate an anxiety disorder.
There are several anxiety disorders, including panic disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, social anxiety disorder, generalized anxiety disorder and specific phobias, such as a fear of flying. Anxiety disorders can become worse if not treated and the underlying causes not dealt with.
Both children and adults can develop an anxiety disorder. There is no known cause for anxiety disorders, but a combination of biological and environmental stresses may be involved. Certain environmental factors, such as a trauma or meaningful event, could also trigger an anxiety disorder in people who have a genetic predisposition to the illness.