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Anxiety disorders

We all feel anxious sometimes - walking alone at night, for example or before an exam. Anxiety can be a normal useful emotion, helping us to recognise and cope with stressful or dangerous situations. But anxiety, especially when it is severe, sometimes stops us from leading a normal life. Panic attacks, phobias, obsessive compulsive disorder and post-traumatic stress disorder are all forms of extreme anxiety.

Severe anxiety may stop sufferers from leading a normal life.
Severe anxiety may stop sufferers from leading a normal life.
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