Anxiety disorders are recognized as one of the most common psychiatric problems in the United States except for substance abuse (Hersen, Turner, & Beidel, 2007). Anxiety disorders can lead to physical symptoms which account for many primary care visits each year. As it currently stands, anxiety disorders are under-recognized and untreated in the medical community and this continues to cause significant stress and distress for many sufferers. According to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorder, 5th edition, anxiety disorders are classified into specific categories to include generalized anxiety disorder, panic disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, social phobia, specific phobia, acute stress disorder as well as anxiety disorders due to a general medical condition, substance-induced anxiety disorder (American Psychiatric Association, 2013).
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