Anxiety is a feeling of worry, nervousness, or unease about something with an uncertain outcome. It's a normal and often healthy emotion. However, when a person feels disproportionately high levels of anxiety, it might be considered an anxiety disorder. Anxiety disorders can cause people to try to avoid situations that trigger or worsen their symptoms. Job performance, school work, and personal relationships can be affected.

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

  • Feelings of nervousness, restlessness, or tension
  • A sense of impending danger, panic, or doom
  • Increased heart rate
  • Breathing rapidly (hyperventilation)
  • Sweating
  • Trembling
  • Feeling weak or tired
  • Difficulty concentrating or thinking about anything other than the present worry
  • Having trouble sleeping
  • Experiencing gastrointestinal (GI) problems
  • Having difficulty controlling worry

The causes of anxiety disorders are currently attributed to a combination of genetic, environmental, psychological, and developmental factors. Treatments can include therapy, medication, lifestyle changes, or a combination of these. Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) is one effective treatment approach.

Emergency Plans: Please call 911 for any emergency or reach out to the closest hospital in case of emergency.

Regular Check-Ins: Maintain regular appointments with the Mental Health Group as recommended. Consistent communication is essential for effective treatment. Feel free to reach out to your treatment.