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Unlike ordinary worry, anxiety disorders affect 40 million adults in the U.S. Irrational worries may dominate your life and freeze you into inaction. Most anxiety disorders such as general anxiety, social anxiety and panic disorder are treatable and respond to CBT and/or in combination with medication. Genetic factors such as shyness in childhood, and environmental factors such as trauma or loss in childhood are specific risk factors.