- Like stress, a little bit of anxiety can help us to cope with challenging situations while too much anxiety for too long can be debilitating
- Generalized anxiety disorder is an illness that causes people to feel worried all the time, even though there isn’t anything to be worried about
- There are multiple types of anxiety disorders such as Panic Disorder, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, Social Anxiety Disorder and Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder.To learn more about these disorders, click here.
· Symptoms of anxiety include
o Worry about everything, significant and trivial
o Muscle tension, headaches or body pains
o Restless sleep – can’t fall/stay asleep
o Irritability or grouchiness
o Trouble concentrating
· Treatment of anxiety disorders take more than the person wanting to just “get over it”
o Some treatments include medication and therapy
o Anxiety can be managed by physical activity, talking with a friend and keeping a journal to record what triggers anxiety.
If you think you may have anxiety, use the free online screening.
Sources: “Generalized Anxiety Disorder” by Anxiety Disorders Association of America, “A Real Illness: Generalized Anxiety Disorder” by the National Institute of Health, “Anxiety” by Truman State University Counseling Services, http://www.whatadifference.samhsa.gov/index.html
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