Anxiety disorders are characterized by the presence of excessive fear and anxiety related symptoms. They differ from normal transient anxiety and fear because they are uncontrollable and persistent (typically lasting 6 months or more). Most anxiety disorders develop in childhood and tend to persist if left untreated. Anxiety disorders are diagnosed only when the symptoms are not associated with the effects of a substance or drug or with another medical condition.
Anxiety disorders are more frequent in males than in females, with a ratio of 2:1.
Types of anxiety disorders:
Other specific, or unspecified, anxiety disorder: are terms for anxiety or phobias that don't meet the exact criteria for any other anxiety disorders but are significant enough to be distressing and disruptive.