Category: Anxiety

Anxiety Disorders

Overview Occasional anxiety is an expected part of life. You might feel anxious when faced with a problem at work, before taking a test, or before making an important decision. But anxiety disorders involve more than temporary worry or fear. For a person with an anxiety disorder, the anxiety does not go away and can…

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The Physical Symptoms of Anxiety

As anyone who has experienced it can tell you, anxiety brings about both psychological and physical symptoms—both of which can be overwhelming. Anticipating future threats, the body gears up for a fight-or-flight moment: The brain activates the heart, lungs, and muscles so you’ll be ready to engage or flee. With that, the heart beats faster, you begin…

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An Overview of Generalized Anxiety Disorder

Anxiety disorders are a class of mental disorders that distinguish themselves from other problems with two key features: fear and anxiety. Fear is an emotion experienced in response to an imminent threat (real or imagined). Anxiety, on the other hand, is an emotional state experienced in anticipation of a potential future threat. Generalized anxiety disorder (GAD)—despite…

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What does anxiety feel like and how does it affect the body?

Anxiety can impact physical and mental health. There are short- and long-term effects on both the mind and body. While many people know about the effects of anxiety on mental health, fewer people are aware of the physical side effects, which can include digestive issues and an increased risk of infection. Anxiety can also change the function of…

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Common Symptoms of Anxiety Disorder

Everyone has periods of feeling anxious in their lives. This could be due to starting school, a new job, getting married, or visiting the dentist. People can feel anxious during times of stress in their lives. This is normal and to be expected. Once the stressful event is over the anxious feelings usually disappear. For…

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What Are Anxiety Disorders?

Everyone feels anxious now and then. It’s a normal emotion. For example, you may feel nervous when faced with a problem at work, before taking a test, or before making an important decision.Anxiety disorders are different, though. They are a group of mental illnesses, and the distress they cause can keep you from carrying on…

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Stress vs. Anxiety: Do You Know the Difference?

However, many individuals confuse stress and anxiety, two very different responses. Here are the differentiators between common stress and anxiety, which can turn into an attack or chronic mental disorder… 1. What is Stress? Stress results when we’re overcome with life’s pressures—a deadline at work, rushing to get to an appointment on time, a crisis…

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How to Deal with Anxiety: Habits That Can Help

Imagine a train racing towards you at top speed, and there you are, stuck on the tracks, a human target. Your heart races, your muscles tense, your body starts shaking, and your breath becomes labored as worry consumes your mind and manifests throughout your body. Intense, right? For the nearly 20 percent of people in…

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Depression and Anxiety: Can I Have Both?

Is it possible to have depression and anxiety at the same time? Depression and anxiety are different conditions, but they commonly occur together. They also have similar treatments. Feeling down or having the blues now and then is normal. And everyone feels anxious from time to time—it’s a normal response to stressful situations. But severe…

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5 ways to help your child with anxiety

Childhood is often idealized as a carefree time without worries. However, it’s important to realize that children experience anxiety, just like adults. The good news is, you can help your child better handle anxiety. In the video above, Nicholas J. Westers, Psy.D., clinical psychologist at Children’s Health℠ and Assistant Professor at UT Southwestern, shares five ways you can help your…

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