If you are troubled by anxiety, the first person you need to see is your family doctor.  Millions of people of all ages suffer from long-term anxiety.  Anxiety disorders are the most common form of mental illness. Anxiety is best described as and uneasy heavy feeling that is experienced.  One individual may suffer from intense anxiety attacks that strike without warning, while another gets panicky at the thought of mingling at a party.  Despite their different froms, all anxiety disorders illicit an intense fear or anxiety out of proportion to the situation at hand.

         Do I have an anxiety disorder?

  • Are you contantly tense, worried, or on edge?
  • Does your anxiety interfere with your work, school, or family responsibilities?
  • Are you plagued by fears that you know are irrational, but can't shake them?
  • Do you believe that somethng bad will happen if certain things aren't done a certain way?
  • Do you avoid everyday situations or activities becasue they casue you anxiety?
  • Do you experience sudden, unexpected attacks of heart-pounding panic?
  • Do you feel like danger and catastrophe are around every corner?

       Symptoms:

  • Trouble concentrating
  • Anticipating the worst
  • Feeling tense and jumpy
  • Irritability
  • Feeling like your mind's gone blank
  • Pounding heart
  • Sweating
  • Headaches
  • Dizziness
  • Shortness of breath
  • Shaking or trembling
  • Muscle tension or twitches
  • Insomnia

The bottom line is that if your lifestyle is unhealthy and stressful, you are more likely to feel anxious.  Here are some tips to help lower anxiety and manage symptoms of an anxiety disorder.

  • Connect with others
  • Manage stress
  • Practice relaxation techniques
  • Exercise
  • Get enough sleep
  • Be smart about caffeine, alcohol, and nicotine
  • Put a stop to chronic worrying

Anxiety disorders respond very well to therapy.