Anxiety is a part of life. Some anxiety is useful – it can make you more alert or careful, but it usually ends soon after you are out of the situation that caused it. But for millions of people in the United States, anxiety does not go away and actually gets worse over time. These people have anxiety disorders, which can include panic disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and generalized anxiety disorder. People with anxiety disorders may have chest pains or nightmares, and may even be afraid to leave home. Treatment for anxiety disorders generally involves medication, therapy or both.

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