Do You Need Help for Anxiety?
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Occasional anxiety is a normal part of life; everyone feels anxious from time to time. Anxiety can appear in anticipation of something — or alongside a variety of life stressors: traumatic events, financial worries, loss of a loved one, divore or during a major life transition.
For some people, however, anxiety is ever-present and overwhelming. Some individuals feel excessive worry or fear to a degree that it gets in the way of their daily activities (school/work) or interferes with their personal relationships. These people may be experiencing an anxiety disorder.
The more common anxiety disorders include:
- Generalized anxiety disorder (feeling excessive worry about many different things or situations for several months or more)
- Social anxiety disorder (fearing social activities or fear of performance-related situations)
- Panic disorder (having frequent panic attacks)
- Agoraphobia (fear of being in public, in the open or of being in situations one might not be able to escape)
- Separation anxiety (feeling anxious when separated from caregiver)
- Specific phobia (fear of specific situation or thing, like fear of airplanes or fear of spiders)
Anxiety disorders can be debilitating and can cause a number of emotional and physical symptoms. Anxiety disorders are some of the more common mental illnesses, affecting almost 1 in 3 people during their lifetime.
You may be wondering if you, or if someone you love, might have an anxiety disorder. The following questions can give you a sense of whether what you are experiencing could be symptoms of an anxiety disorder.
- Do you feel tense most of the time?
- Do you frequently have anxious thoughts?
- Do you experience panic attacks?
- Do you have headaches or stomachaches frequently?
- Does your heart pound for no apparent reason?
- Is it hard for you to relax?
- Do you feel irritable often?
- Do you feel like you must repeat certain tasks or rituals regularly (counting or checking things)?
If you, or a loved one, are experiencing these symptoms frequently — and feel impaired in your daily life, reach out for help.
Get help for anxiety
Help for anxiety disorders is available and recovery is possible. Please call us at (877) 711-1878 if you have questions about anxiety or are interested in a free, confidential consultation with one of our Master’s-level clinicians.