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Anxiety Disorders - Test Your Knowledge

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Anxiety Disorders – Check Your Knowledge

Answer "true" or "false" to the following questions. Then check your answers to find out how much you know about anxiety disorders.

1. There are five major anxiety disorders that are recognized today.

True   False

That's right. Prior to 1980, anxiety disorders were not recognized as legitimate medical diagnoses by the American Psychiatric Association. Today, the association recognizes five major anxiety disorders: panic disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, social phobia, obsessive-compulsive disorder and generalized anxiety.

Sorry. The correct answer is "true." Before 1980, anxiety disorders were not recognized as legitimate medical diagnoses by the American Psychiatric Association. Today the association recognizes five major anxiety disorders: panic disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, social phobia, obsessive-compulsive disorder and generalized anxiety.

2. Increased stress is not associated with the development of anxiety disorders.

True   False

Congratulations! You answered correctly. The cause for many people who develop an anxiety disorder is a major life stressor. Examples of such stressors include both good and bad situations like the death or birth of a family member, divorce or marriage, and job loss or promotion.

Sorry. The correct answer is "false." The cause for many people who develop an anxiety disorder is a major life stressor. Examples of such stressors include both good and bad situations like the death or birth of a family member, divorce or marriage, and job loss or promotion.

3. When a traumatic experience begins to interfere with normal activities, a person may be suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

True   False

Congratulations! You are right. This disorder may follow a traumatic event such as rape, war, natural disaster, car or plane crash, and serious injury. At times, witnessing a violent or tragic event can result in PTSD.

Sorry. The correct answer is "true." this disorder may follow a traumatic event such as rape, war, natural disaster, car or plane crash, and serious injury. At times, witnessing a violent or tragic event can result in PTSD.

4. Treatment for anxiety disorders usually requires hospitalization.

True   False

You are right. Anxiety disorders can usually be treated on an outpatient basis. Treatment is individualized but may incorporate behavior therapy, cognitive therapy, medication and relaxation techniques.

Sorry. The correct answer is "false." Anxiety disorders can usually be treated on an outpatient basis. Treatment is individualized but may incorporate behavior therapy, cognitive therapy, medication, and relaxation techniques.

5. A person experiencing a panic attack may feel that he or she is having a heart attack or may feel like they are about to die.

True   False

You are right. Panic attacks often occur unprovoked and leave the person feeling as if their life were in jeopardy. Common symptoms experienced during a panic attack include chest tightness, dizziness, shaking, palpitations, sweating and shortness of breath.

Sorry. Your answer is incorrect. Panic attacks often occur unprovoked and leave the person feeling as if their life were in jeopardy. Common symptoms experienced during a panic attack include chest tightness, dizziness, shaking, palpitations, sweating and shortness of breath.

6. Depression and alcohol or drug abuse often accompany anxiety disorders.

True   False

Congratulations! You answered correctly. According to a study conducted by the Anxiety Disorders Association of America, 43 percent of those diagnosed with an anxiety disorder also are affected by depression and substance abuse.

Sorry. The correct answer is "true." According to a study conducted by the Anxiety Disorders Association of America, 43 percent of those diagnosed with an anxiety disorder also are affected by depression and substance abuse.

7. Health insurers do not cover mental health benefits.

True   False

Congratulations! You answered correctly. Today, mental health benefits are provided by most insurance companies and by Medicare. Benefits are varied related to the number of sessions covered and the co-payments required. Check with your insurance company to clarify the type of benefits that you are entitled to receive.

Sorry. The correct answer is "false." Today, mental health benefits are provided by most insurance companies and by Medicare. Benefits are varied related to the number of sessions covered and the co-payments required. Check with your insurance company to clarify the type of benefits that you are entitled to receive.

8. Anxiety is a normal emotion.

True   False

Congratulations! You answered correctly. Anxiety is a normal emotional and physical response that occurs when we are overwhelmed by the fear that something out of our control may happen. If we didn't experience anxiety during times of danger, we might not be able to adequately protect ourselves from harm.

Sorry. The correct answer is "true." Anxiety is a normal emotional and physical response that occurs when we are overwhelmed by the fear that something out of our control may happen. If we didn't experience anxiety during times of danger, we might not be able to adequately protect ourselves from harm.

9. Medications can cure anxiety disorders.

True   False

That's right. Medications do not cure anxiety disorders. Just as some medications can reduce a fever without curing an infection, psychotherapeutic medications act by controlling the symptoms associated with anxiety disorders. The length of time that someone requires medication will vary. Some individuals will only take medication for a few months while others will take medications longer.

Sorry. Your answer is incorrect. Medications do not cure anxiety disorders. Just as some medications can reduce a fever without curing an infection, psychotherapeutic medications act by controlling the symptoms associated with anxiety disorders. The length of time that someone requires medication will vary. Some individuals will only take medication for a few months, while others will take medications longer.

10. Social phobia is an anxiety disorder characterized by overwhelming anxiety and excessive self-consciousness in social situations.

True   False

Congratulations! You answered correctly. Many people experience some degree of anxiety when confronted with social situations like public speaking. Social phobia is a disorder that is characterized by excessive worrying to the degree that the person begins to avoid social situations and may even become homebound.

Sorry. The correct answer is "true." Many people experience some degree of anxiety when confronted with social situations like public speaking. Social phobia is a disorder that is characterized by excessive worrying to the degree that the person begins to avoid social situations and may even become homebound.