Is anxiety a mental health issue?

iVillage Member
Registered: 01-16-2013
Is anxiety a mental health issue?
Sun, 11-03-2013 - 8:58am

I have just seen my new health insurance plan and I am really surprised with all the negative talk about what Obamacare is doing to health insurance because mine is going to cover mental health issues. I believe my husband suffers from anxiety and I am wondering if there is some official diagnosis about anxiety and if it can be treated.

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Community Leader
Registered: 09-23-2010
Wed, 11-06-2013 - 2:46pm

Hi, yes, it absolutely is. It can be debilitating to some. :(

It's a diagnosis on it's own, that is, you can be diagnosed with/as having anxiety. Anxiety causes other issues, such as panic attacks. 

HTH and good luck!! 

Community Leader
Registered: 10-22-2001
Sun, 11-24-2013 - 12:05pm

My ds has Social Anxiety.

In the beginning he was diagnosed with GAD (Generalized Anxiety Disorder)...because of this he eventually was allowed to Home-School...

Still fighting for his Disability...:(...

Hope this helps a little bit.

It is taken seriously.




iVillage Member
Registered: 12-13-2013
Fri, 12-13-2013 - 7:35am
Yes, excessive anxiety is a mental disorder and is treatable.
iVillage Member
Registered: 12-13-2013
Fri, 12-13-2013 - 7:36am
Yes, anxiety can be treated and it is considered a mental health issue depending on the diagnosis. All the best