Anxiety and Other Anxiety Disorders
It's a normal part of life to experience occasional anxiety.
But you may experience anxiety that is persistent, seemingly uncontrollable, and overwhelming. If it’s an excessive, irrational dread of everyday situations, it can be disabling. When anxiety interferes with daily activities, you may have an anxiety disorder.
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 and pervasive mental disorders in the United States.
The term "anxiety disorder" refers to specific psychiatric disorders that involve extreme fear or worry, and includes generalized anxiety disorder (GAD), panic disorder and panic attacks, agoraphobia, social anxiety disorder, selective mutism, separation anxiety, and specific phobias.
COMMON SYMPTOMS OF AN ANXIETY DISORDER
Irritable, or on edge.
HAVING A SENSE
of impending danger, panic, or doom.
HAVING AN INCREASED
(hyperventilation), sweating, or trembling
gastrointestinal (GI) problems
If you experience any of these symptoms, it may be time to contact a Peer or clinician.