Mental health is one of the most significant healthcare areas in contemporary society. Given
the complexity of the human brain, some of its functions are still subject to research and
development as scientists and psychiatrists work hand in hand to understand brain function
and develop interventions to solve the rising mental health issues. Anxiety disorders are
common psychological issues, and understanding their dynamics is crucial to maintaining
good mental health.
Anxiety disorders are a group of mental illness that cause distress on a patient, which
adversely affects their usual thinking and behavior. According to Bandelow & Michaelis
(2015), anxiety disorders are the most common mental health issues, and one-third of the
total population experience an anxiety disorder at least once in their lifetime. A common
anxiety disorder is panic disorder. Individuals with the disorder are unable to deal with risky
situations. Another common anxiety disorder is phobias. The condition is where an individual
has overwhelming fear against particular stimuli such as heights or dark places. Social
anxiety disorder is also common in contemporary society where an individual is extremely
worried and conscious of social situations. It is characterized by shyness and low social
activity. Finally, an individual may be subject to general anxiety disorder where an individual
is unrealistically worried about different scenarios around their activities of daily life (All
About Anxiety Disorders: From Causes to Treatment and Prevention, 2017). Anxiety
disorders affect growth and development, learning, and communication of an individual. The
disorders are caused by different environmental stimuli and are treatable through
psychotherapy and medication.
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Anxiety disorders are a major health issue in modern society. They affect people of
different age and gender and have a significant effect on normal behavior. Understanding
anxiety disorders is important in studying the mental health of an individuals and establishing
the right environments to facilitate better learning, work, and other activities of daily life.
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