Everyone experiences anxiety in their lifetime. Some examples include the anxiety felt prior to speaking in front of a big group, driving in traffic during rush hour, or before taking a big test.
However, when intense feelings of dread and distress cause one to struggle with everyday functioning, it may be a good time to see a health care provider to screen for an anxiety disorder.
Anxiety disorders are the most common mental health concern in the United States. Over 40 million adults in the U.S. (19/1%) have an anxiety disorder. Anxiety disorders consist of a persistent, excessive fear or worry in non-threatening situations.
Symptoms of Anxiety:
If you think you may hurt yourself or attempt suicide,
Call the Suicide Prevention Lifeline #1-800-273-TALK, or call 911 and go to the nearest ER.
Depression is classified as a persistent feeling of sadness and loss of interest, for most of the day, nearly every day, for at least two weeks. During a depressive episode, the person experiences significant difficulty in personal, family, social, educational, occupational, and/or other important areas of functioning.
Some symptoms of depression may include:
FAQs About Anxiety/Depression Disorders
Anxiety can be caused by a variety of factors, including genetics, brain chemistry, and life events. It is often a stress response and can be triggered by things like exams, work stress, death, or changes in your life. If you’re struggling with anxiety, it’s important to seek professional help for mental health treatment, so you can learn how to manage anxiety and live a healthy life.
Anyone can experience anxiety, but some groups of people are more at risk than others. This includes people with a family history of anxiety, those who have experienced trauma, or with certain medical conditions. If you think you might be at risk for anxiety, don’t hesitate to get in touch with me. We can talk about it and find a way to help you.
If you’re struggling with anxiety, seeking professional psychiatric services will help you develop healthy coping mechanisms. In addition, there are some things you can do on your own to prevent anxiety, such as exercise, relaxation techniques, journaling, and avoiding triggers. By taking care of yourself and getting help when you need it, you can prevent anxiety from taking over your life.
Anxiety can be a short-term or long-term condition. It is often manageable with treatment, but some people may struggle with anxiety for their entire lives. In general, the sooner you seek help for anxiety disorder, the better. By getting treatment and learning how to manage your anxiety, you can minimize its impact on your life.