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Anxiety Diagnosis


Although all the symptoms can occur in any of the anxiety disorders, there is a characteristic pattern in each disorder which will be described later. In addition there are characteristic differences in the time course of anxiety in the various disorders:

. In generalized anxiety disorders, anxiety is continuous - though it may fluctuate somewhat in intensity.

. In phobic anxiety disorders, anxiety is intermittent, arising only in particular circumstances.

. In panic disorder, anxiety is intermittent but its occurrence is unrelated to any particular circumstances.

Terminology and classification used in diagnosis

The symptom of anxiety is found in many disorders. In the anxiety disorders, it is the most severe and prominent symptom, and it is also prominent in the obsessional disorders though these are characterized by their striking obsessional symptoms.

In DSM-IV, obsessional disorders are classified as a type of anxiety disorder, but in ICD- 10 the obsessional symptoms are given more weight and the disorders are classified separately.

Because anxiety and obsessional disorders are related, whether closely as in DSM-IV or less closely as in ICD-10, they are considered together in this site.

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