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Understanding Anxiety

Anxiety can present itself in many different ways. Some recognized disorders include:

Generalized Anxiety Disorders:  almost constant anxiety and worry over many different activities and events

Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder:  unwanted and repeated thoughts, impulses, or images that cause anxiety or distress oftentimes followed by repetitive behaviors or mental acts the person feels driven to perform to reduce distress

Panic Disorder: repeated, unexpected attacks of intense fear or discomfort often followed by fear of having another attack

Posttraumatic Stress Disorder: symptoms of re-experiencing the event, avoidance, or increased arousal occur after experiencing a traumatic event involving actual or threatened injury or death

Social Phobia: persistent fear of social or performance situations that may involve scrutiny or judgment by others

Specific Phobia: persistent fear cued by the presence or anticipation of a specific object or situation (e.g., flying, heights, or blood)

In addition, there are several conditions that often include anxious symptoms:

Hoarding:  persistent difficulty discarding or parting with personal possessions resulting in an accumulation of objects which clutter living areas of the home

Trichotillomania: repeated pulling out of one's hair resulting in noticeable hair loss

Body Dysmorphic Disorder:  excessive concern about a perceived defect in one's physical features or appearance

About the Consortium

The Charlotte Anxiety Consortium is an informational resource created to provide treatment options and educational resources to those struggling with anxiety in the greater Charlotte area. Our goal is to make treatment options easily accessible.


Andrea Umbach


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