What is Anxiety?

Anxiety is one of the most common mental disorders in the United States. An estimated 31.1% of U.S. adults experience any anxiety disorder at some time in their lives (NIMH). According to the ADAA 40 million persons suffer with anxiety every year in the USA, or 18.1% of the adult population. This raises the question of exactly what is anxiety. The term ‘anxiety’ or “anxiety disorder” refers to specific psychiatric disorders that involve extreme fear or worry, and includes generalized anxiety disorder (GAD), panic disorder and panic attacks, agoraphobia, social anxiety disorder, selective mutism, separation anxiety, and specific phobias (ADAA).

Fortunately anxiety is also regarded as a highly treatable condition. However without treatment it can become severe and have a large negative impact on people’s daily lives. The earlier someone with anxiety disorders can receive treatment the better the chances of successful treatment. Anxiety treatments include medication and therapy. Several self-care and anxiety management and coping techniques can also be used to improve symptoms and provide relief. Of course if one does not know what anxiety is, than being able to identify and treat it in time becomes much more difficult.

The following are symptoms of anxiety, according to The Mayo Clinic which can be used to aid in the early detection of anxiety:

  1. Sleep problems
  2. Intense feelings of nervousness, fear and worry
  3. Having a sense of impending danger or doom
  4. Having trouble concentrating and controlling negative thoughts
  5. Feeling tired frequently

If you or a loved one has anxiety or display the above symptoms on a regular basis seek help immediately.

Where to go from here?

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