Anxiety is the worst. Anyone who experiences it knows this to be true. But the great news is that anxiety is also treatable. Working with a professional counselor and sometimes taking prescribed medication(s) can help relieve symptoms. Do you experience any of these anxiety symptoms?

  • Excessive worrying about everyday things
  • Feeling restless, on edge or keyed up
  • Feeling tired all the time, easily fatigued
  • Difficulty concentrating or mind going blank
  • Irritability
  • Muscle tension
  • Sleep disturbance, difficulty falling and staying asleep; restless or unsatisfying sleep

If you have three or more of these symptoms for more than six months and the symptoms are more present than not, you may be struggling with anxiety. Talking with a therapist online could greatly help relieve your symptoms.

Understand That You Are Not Alone

Approximately 40 million American adults ages 18 and older, or about 18.1 percent of people in this age group have an anxiety disorder.

  • Anxiety disorders frequently co-occur with depressive disorders or substance abuse.
  • Nearly three-quarters of those with an anxiety disorder will have their first episode by age 21.

Anxiety is often thought of as chronic worry, but it is more than that. It’s not that simple.  Actually, it is healthy to experience anxiety at certain times and circumstance in our lives.  Anxiety has a purpose it has helped humans evolve and stay alive as a species.  Anxiety can be complex and symptoms and severity vary from person to person.

For a person with an anxiety disorder, the anxiety does not go away and can get worse over time. The symptoms can interfere with daily activities such as job performance, school work, and relationships.

There are several types of anxiety disorders, including generalized anxiety disorder, panic disorder, and various phobia-related disorders.

Signs and Symptoms

Generalized Anxiety Disorder

People with generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) display excessive anxiety or worry on most days for at least 6 months, about a number of things such as personal health, work, social interactions, and everyday routine life circumstances. The fear and anxiety can cause significant problems in areas of their life, such as social interactions, school, and work.

Generalized anxiety disorder symptoms include:

  • Feeling restless, wound-up, or on-edge
  • Being easily fatigued
  • Having difficulty concentrating; mind going blank
  • Being irritable
  • Having muscle tension
  • Difficulty controlling feelings of worry
  • Having sleep problems, such as difficulty falling or staying asleep, restlessness, or unsatisfying sleep

Panic Disorder

People with panic disorder have recurrent unexpected panic attacks. Panic attacks are sudden periods of intense fear that come on quickly and reach their peak within minutes. Attacks can occur unexpectedly or can be brought on by a trigger, such as a feared object or situation.

During a panic attack, people may experience:

  • Heart palpitations, a pounding heartbeat, or an accelerated heart rate
  • Sweating
  • Trembling or shaking
  • Sensations of shortness of breath, feeling smothered, or choking
  • Feelings of impending doom
  • Feelings of being out of control

People with panic disorder often worry about when the next attack will happen and actively try to prevent future attacks by avoiding places, situations, or behaviors they associate with panic attacks. Worrying about panic attacks, and the effort spent trying to avoid attacks, causes significant problems in various areas of the person’s life, including the development of agoraphobia (see below).

Phobia-related disorders

phobia is an intense fear of—or aversion to—specific objects or situations. Although it can be realistic to be anxious in some circumstances, the fear people with phobias feel is out of proportion to the actual danger caused by the situation or object.

People with a phobia:

  • May have an irrational or excessive worry about encountering the feared object or situation
  • Take active steps to avoid the feared object or situation
  • Experience immediate intense anxiety upon encountering the feared object or situation
  • Endure unavoidable objects and situations with intense anxiety

There are several types of phobias and phobia-related disorders:

Anxiety is the most presented problem in the world of mental health.  The good news is that most people see significant improvement in daily functioning with treatment. Working with a therapist online can make a world of difference. Studies show that psychotherapy is one of the most effective treatments for anxiety.

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