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Anxiety

Anxiety is a part of our everyday lives, but when it becomes over-whelming, constant, or interferes with everyday activities you may have an anxiety disorder. You might feel anxious when faced with a problem at work, before taking a test, or making an important decision. Anxiety and depression are closely linked and it can sometimes be difficult to identify between the two.

Anxiety disorders are real, serious medical conditions – just as real and serious as physical disorders such as heart disease or diabetes. Anxiety disorders are the most common mental disorders in the United States.

Types of Anxiety

  • Panic Disorder: Sudden feelings of terror when there is no real danger. Feelings of losing control or having physical symptoms, such as fast heartbeat are common. 

  • Social Anxiety Disorder: Also called social phobia, this is when there are feelings of overwhelming worry and self-consciousness about everyday social situations. People tend to fixate about others judging you, embarrassing you, or ridiculing you.

  • Specific phobias: Feelings of intense fear of a specific object or situation, such as heights or flying. The fear goes beyond what's appropriate and may cause you to avoid ordinary situations.  

  • General Anxiety Disorder: Feelings of excessive, unrealistic worry, and tension with little or no reason. 

Symptoms

Symptoms tend to cross between the different disorders, but a few common ones are:

  • Panic, fear, and uneasiness
  • Sleep problems
  • Not being able to stay call and still
  • Cold, sweaty, numb or tingling hands or feet
  • Shortness of breath
  • Dry mouth
  • Nausea
  • Tense muscles
  • Dizziness

Managing Symptoms

These tips may help you control or lessen your symptoms:

  • Cut down on foods and drinks that have caffeine, such as coffee, tea, cola, energy drinks, and chocolate. Caffeine is a mood-altering drug, and it may make symptoms of anxiety disorders worse.
  • Eat right, exercise, and get better sleep. Brisk aerobic exercises like jogging and biking help release brain chemicals that cut stress and improve your mood.
  • Sleep problems and anxiety disorder often go hand in hand. Make getting good rest a priority. Follow a relaxing bedtime routine.

For more information or to make an appointment to see a counselor, contact The Village Family Service Center.

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