According to the National Institute of Mental Health, “more than 23 million Americans suffer from anxiety disorders, which include panic disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, phobias and generalized anxiety disorder.” These resources can help. See the related subjects for additional information about mental illness and specific anxiety disorders.
One of the American Psychiatric Association’s “Let’s Talk About…” pamphlets, this page provides an overview of generalized anxiety disorder, phobias, panic disorders, obsessive-compulsive disorders, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), theories about causes, and treatments. There is also a bibliography and list of resources .
An association of “professionals who conduct research and treat anxiety disorders and individuals who have a personal or general interest in learning more about such disorders,” ADAA “promotes the prevention and cure of anxiety disorders and works to improve the lives of all people who suffer from them.” The “About Anxiety Disorders” section is filled with useful fact sheets. The sections for consumers and professionals provide information about resources from ADAA and other sources.
The Anxiety Disorders Education Program is “a national education campaign developed by the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) to increase awareness among the public and health care professionals that anxiety disorders are real medical illnesses that can be effectively diagnosed and treated.” Its web site includes information about anxiety disorders, news releases, the full text of brochures and other materials produced by NIMH, and information for health care professionals. A Spanish version is also available.
This nonprofit web site offers good basic information about anxiety disorders, geared for consumers. There is a small “Directory of Anxiety Health Care Professionals,” whom we assume are members of the organizations.