The Engle Center thanks Lena Harvey (Psychology, Class of 2021), for this content.
Anxiety disorders are the most common mental health problems. While everyone is experiences stress and anxiety at some point in life, some people become so overwhelmed that they cannot manage everyday life. There are several types of anxiety, including generalized anxiety, social phobia, and panic disorders, and specific fears and phobias. Some anxieties are more easily managed than others. Each anxiety disorder is different, but they have one thing in common. They cause excessive worry, affect thoughts, feelings, and physiology, and have lasted at least 6 months. The impact of anxiety can affect self-esteem, schoolwork, and interpersonal relationships. (Rowa, 2008; Anthony, 2008)