Anxiety disorders affect 40 million adults in the U.S. 18 and older.
Anxiety disorders are highly treatable, yet only 37% of those struggling seek treatment.
Nearly 1 in 3 of all adolescents ages 13-18 will experience an anxiety disorder.
Signs and Symptoms of Anxiety
Generalized Anxiety Disorder
People with generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) display excessive anxiety or worry, most days for at least 6 months, about a number of things such as school, friendships, personal health, work, and everyday routine life circumstances.
Generalized anxiety disorder symptoms include:
Feeling restless, wound-up, or on-edge
Being easily fatigued
Having difficulty concentrating; mind going blank
Having muscle tension
Difficulty controlling feelings of worry
Having sleep problems, such as difficulty falling or staying asleep, restlessness, or unsatisfying sleep
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 heartrate
Trembling or shaking
Sensations of shortness of breath, smothering, 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. Worry about panic attacks, and the effort spent trying to avoid attacks, cause significant problems in various areas of the person’s life.
How Do I Get Help?
If you are experiencing anxiety, contact a mental health professional to discuss options. Additionally, here are some things you can do right now:
5 senses exercise:
5: Acknowledge FIVE things you see around you. ...
4: Acknowledge FOUR things you can touch around you. ...
3: Acknowledge THREE things you hear. ...
2: Acknowledge TWO things you can smell. ...
1: Acknowledge ONE thing you can taste.
1. Inhale slowly and deeply through your nose. Keep your shoulders relaxed. ...
2. Exhale slowly through your mouth. As you blow air out, purse your lips slightly, but keep your jaw relaxed. ...
3. Repeat this breathing exercise
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