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The Anxiety Disorders

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▸Requests for reprints should be addressed to J. Trig Brown, M.D.; Box 3824, Department of Medicine, Duke University Medical Center; Durham, NC 27710.

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© 1984 American College of PhysiciansAmerican College of Physicians

Ann Intern Med. 1984;100(4):558-564. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-100-4-558
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Anxiety commonly accompanies serious illness. However, in some patients anxiety is the primary manifestation of illness. Diagnostic criteria for these "primary" anxiety disorders have been redefined in the most recent revision of the American Psychiatric Association's Diagnostic and Statistical Manual. We discuss these new diagnostic categories; review the theoretical basis for the psychodynamic, behavioral, and physiologic manifestations of each of these disorders; and critically examine the treatments offered for each.





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