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Anxiety

Last updated: November 25, 2020
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Anxiety is your body’s response to stress. It’s a feeling of fear or apprehension about what is to come. Occasional anxiety is an expected part of life. With anxiety disorders, however, the worry does not go away and can get worse over time. But help is available.

Anxiety disorders are one of the most common mental health issues in the United States. There are different types of anxiety disorders (generalized anxiety disorder, social anxiety, phobias, and others). Generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) is a pattern of frequent, constant worry and anxiety over many different activities and situations in everyday life. Stressful life events, learned behavior, and genetics can all contribute to the development of anxiety.

Symptoms of anxiety include:

  • Excessive worrying
  • Increased heart rate
  • Rapid breathing
  • Restlessness
  • Headaches
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Difficulty falling asleep

Even though anxiety can start in childhood, most people do not seek treatment for many years. When anxiety interferes with your day-to-day life, relationships, and work, it may be time to speak with a mental health professional or your doctor. With medications, talk therapy, and/or meditation and relaxation techniques, most people see great improvement in their symptoms.

For more information

Anxiety and Depression Association of America: adaa.org

Mental Health America: mhanational.org/conditions/anxiety

National Institute of Mental Health: nimh.nih.gov/health/publications/generalized-anxiety-disorder-gad/index.shtml

 

Helpful apps

Stop, Breathe and Think

Headspace

Insight Timer

Aura

 

Local resources

Adult Connections – 970-221-5551.
Our behavioral health specialists are currently available by phone or videoconference. Please contact us to see when we will resume in-person appointments or walk-ins.
425 W. Mulberry St., Suite 101

Child, Adolescent, and Young Adult Connections (CAYAC) – 970-221-3308.
M-F 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Please call first for an appointment – no walk-ins.
425 W. Mulberry St., Suite 112.