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Keywords

anxiety disorders, panic disorder, phobia, social anxiety disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder, posttraumatic stress disorder, generalized anxiety disorder

 

Authors

  1. O'Brien, Patricia G. PhD, RN, NP, PMHCNS-BC, PMHNP-BC
  2. Fleming, Loraine MA, APRN, PMHCNS-BC, PMHNP-BC

Abstract

Abstract: The majority of patients with anxiety disorders present in primary care settings, and many are undiagnosed or undertreated-each disorder has defining characteristics. Anxiety disorders are debilitating, and proper treatment can improve quality of life. Preferred treatments are cognitive-behavior therapy and pharmacotherapy with selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors.