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Anxiety

Your heart is pounding before a big presentation at work. You worry over family problems or finances. You have butterflies in your stomach thinking about asking your boss for a raise. These are all natural human reactions to challenging situations.

If you feel overwhelmed by worries or fears, and if this impacts your daily life, you may be suffering from an anxiety disorder.

Signs and Symptoms
If you have experienced any of these feelings, and if they won't go away, it may be a sign of anxiety.

In addition to some of the feelings you might have, anxiety can cause physical symptoms as well, such as:

If you experience sudden symptoms, symptoms that are new to you or symptoms that interfere with daily activities, talk to a healthcare provider. And, in case of emergency, always CALL 9-1-1.

Treating Anxiety
If you have feelings of worry, stress or anxiety, you can try several Self-Care methods.  If, however, your worries or fears are causing extreme distress or interfering with your daily activities, it is important to contact a healthcare provider.

You can start with your doctor, who can check to see if your anxiety is caused by a medical condition like hypoglycemia or a thyroid problem. Be sure to tell your doctor about all prescriptions, over-the-counter medications, herbal remedies, and recreational drugs you are taking. Your doctor may also recommend that you consult with a therapist who has experience treating anxiety disorders. A therapist will work with you to talk about your feelings and work with you to create a treatment plan.

Resources

 

Source: National Institute on Mental Health, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)