Everyone has experienced anxiety and has some familiarity with the associated feelings. Anxiety is a normal reaction to stress that arises in life and serves to alert us when something is dangerous and can help prepare us to respond to situations. Anxiety is different from fear in that it focuses on the anticipation of a threat at some point in the future and might be quite general in its nature. When anxiety becomes so disruptive that it impacts daily functioning, it can become a disorder. Anxiety disorders are one of the most common categories of mental disorders experienced by individuals, with many effective treatment options available. Patient care assistants need to be aware of both the symptoms of anxiety as well as how to help patients who may be at risk for developing an anxiety disorder. This course will overview the common characteristics of anxiety disorders, risk factors, and the diagnosis and treatment of each disorder.