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Living with Anxiety: How to Cope

Of all existing psychological and mental maladies, anxiety disorders are the most common affecting over 30% of all adults in the United States. Anxiety disorders are a broad category that includes many different manifestations of anxiety including:

  • Generalized anxiety disorder (GAD): Excessive anxiety or worry about an array things such as personal health, work, social interactions, and everyday routine life circumstances
  • Specific phobia: An intense fear or aversion to specific situations, things or places that is out of proportion to the actual danger caused by the situation or object.
  • Social anxiety: Excessive worry about actions or behaviors in social or performance situations and a fear of feeling embarrassed causes those with social anxiety to avoid social situations–gatherings, parties or events—leading to a kind of self-imposed isolation.
  • Panic disorder: Episodes of intense fear that come on quickly and reach their peak within minutes. Attacks can occur unexpectedly or can be brought on by anxiety or a trigger, such as a feared object or situation

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