interfere with daily life. OCD affects men and women equally. It can appear in childhood, adolescence, or adulthood, but, on the average, it first shows up in the teens or early adulthood. Question 4: Anxiety disorders are the most common health problem in America. More than 19 million Americans suffer from anxiety disorders, which include panic disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, phobias, and generalized anxiety disorders. Question 5: Anxiety disorders, diabetes, and high blood pressure are all real medical illnesses. Brain scientists have shown that anxiety disorders are often related to the biological makeup and life experiences of the individual, and they frequently run in families. Unfortunately, misconceptions about mental illnesses like anxiety disorders still exist. Because many people believe mental illness is a sign of personal weakness, the condition is often trivialized and is left untreated. The good news is that effective treatments are available for anxiety disorders. Question 6: Panic disorders are characterized by unexpected or repeated episodes of intense fear
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