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Anxiety Disorders

People with anxiety disorders experience chronic and excessive worry, agitation, or panic that feel impossible to "shut off." Anxiety can focus on everyday issues, including health, family, money, or on traumatic memories. Common physical symptoms include restlessness, panic attacks, obsessive thoughts and compulsive behaviors, irritability, muscle tension, and sleep disturbance. There are several types of anxiety disorders including: posttraumatic stress disorder, panic disorder, social phobia, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and generalized anxiety disorder. They often cause significant distress and interfere with everyday functioning.

Obsessive Compulsive Personality Disorder (DSM-IV) is an enduring pattern that leads to clinically significant distress or functional impairment, marked by: 1) Preoccupation with order, details, rules 2) Self-limiting perfectionism 3) Excessive devotion to work and productivity 4) Inflexibility about morality and ethics 5) Inability to discard worn-out or worthless items 6) Reluctance to delegate tasks 7) Miserliness toward self and others 8) Rigidity and stubbornness

Associated Features 1) Indecision (fear of making wrong choice) 2) Difficulty with change 3) Excessively rule-bound; routines 4) Difficulty relating to and sharing emotions 5) Anger outbursts when sense of control is threatened 6) Procrastination

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