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Recognizing anxiety disorders

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

doi: 10.1097/01.NPR.0000419299.87440.04

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.

Patricia G. O'Brien is an Associate Professor at Long Island University School of Nursing in Brooklyn, N.Y. Loraine Fleming is the Director of Behavioral Health at The Queen's Medical Center in Honolulu, H.I.

The authors have disclosed that they have no financial relationships related to this article.

© 2012 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.