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Manifesting itself in many forms ranging from constant worry to debilitating attacks of panic, anxiety is a generalized fear or sense of dread that in itself can constitute a neurosis and can also accompany other neuroses such as obessional neurosis and hysteria. Anxiety frequently has no specific object; a persistant or recurring fear that does have particular object (for example, heights, open spaces, or speaking in public) is a phobia.