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  • Anxiety

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    Do you want to feel a greater sense of ease managing life’s stressors? We are here to help.

    Anxiety is your body’s natural response to stress. It’s a feeling of fear or apprehension about what’s to come. Attending the first day of school, going on a job interview, or giving a speech may cause most people to feel nervous and fearful. When feelings of anxiety are extreme, last for longer than six months, and interfere with life, it may be an anxiety disorder.

    All anxiety disorders have one thing in common: persistent, excessive fear or worry in situations that are not threatening. People typically experience one or more of the following symptoms:

    Emotional symptoms:

    • Feelings of apprehension or dread
    • Feeling tense or jumpy
    • Restlessness or irritability
    • Anticipating the worst and being watchful for signs of danger

    Physical symptoms:

    • Pounding or racing heart and shortness of breath
    • Sweating, tremors, and twitches
    • Headaches, fatigue, and insomnia
    • Upset stomach, frequent urination, or diarrhea

    The good news about anxiety is that it is quite treatable and we offer a variety of solutions that can assist you in the following ways:

    • Symptom management: Anxiety can come and go but it does not have to rule your life. Utilizing coping skills/techniques, along with medication management (if you desire) can help in reducing overall anxiety and manage anxiety symptoms
    • Increasing understanding of anxious feelings
    • Correcting irrational thinking that contributes to anxious feelings
    • Developing insight and awareness about anxiety
    • Reducing vulnerability
    • Focusing on maintaining sustainability versus a quick fix
    • Reducing harmful behaviors, particularly with the use of substances or other unhealthy coping skills
    • Providing the optimal level of functioning

    Did you know?

    *Anxiety disorders are the most common mental illness in the U.S., affecting 40 million adults in the United States age 18 and older, or 18.1% of the population every year.

    *Approximately 8% of children and teenagers experience anxiety disorders. Most people develop symptoms before age 21 and close to 1 in 3 adolescents struggle with anxiety.

    *It’s not uncommon for someone with an anxiety disorder to also suffer from depression or vice versa. Nearly one-half of those diagnosed with depression are also diagnosed with an anxiety disorder.

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