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In psychiatry, the concept of anxiety is understood as a reaction where there is no clear and sufficient connection between the external situation and the reaction itself. The pathological anxiety can inhibit and prevent a normal life.

What is anxiety?

The most occurring anxiety disorders are phobias (agoraphobia, social phobia, and single phobia), panic anxiety disorder, and generalized anxiety disorder. Anxiety disorders are common, and women are affected about twice as often as men are.


Anxiety consists of the feeling of anxiety itself, rapid heartbeat, breathing difficulties, thoughts related to anxiety and avoidance behaviour – avoiding the situations that provoke anxiety. 
An anxiety attack causes the feeling of being out of control. You can start sweating, feel your throat is contracting, and that you can’t breathe. You can get dizzy and distant, and you believe that there’s a chance that you’re dying.


The prevailing anxiety treatment is psychotherapy, and the chances of treating anxiety are good. Lighter forms of anxiety can be treated with information, support and counselling, while more severe cases can be treated with medicine.

Find more information here:

National Institute of Mental Health (US) 
The Anxiety Association (in Danish)

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