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Anxiety is a common human emotion; anxiety disorders afflict more than 13 million Americans. In this welldocumented and easily readable book, Donald W. Goodwin presents a history of anxiety and the anxiety disorders that is drawn from medical, social science, and philosophical sources.
Anxiety is differentiated from fear. "Anxiety is an emotion that signifies the presence of danger that cannot be identified, or, if identified, is not sufficiently threatening to justify the intensity of the emotion." Fear, in contrast "... signifies the presence of a known danger." Anxiety is undesirable and of little use. Fear is often useful, for example,
Anxiety.. Ann Intern Med. ;106:494–495. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-106-3-494_4
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1987;106(3):494-495.
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