Anxiety can be common reaction to life’s stressors. Threats of danger may lead us to become frightened or worried. We may even begin thinking incessantly about the issue until the threat passes. For a person struggling with anxiety, those feelings may never seem to go away. For some people, a specific event or problem may lead to the anxiety, such as a divorce, financial difficulties, or relational stress. Others may be unsure of what the source is; they just have an uneasiness that never seems to subside.
If your anxiety is a constant companion that interferes with your ability to function on a daily basis, you may have what is known as an anxiety disorder. Approximately 18 percent of American adults struggle with this type of anxiety, according to the National Institute of Mental Health, which disrupts their daily functioning. The prevalence rate for adolescents between the ages of 13 and 18 is around 25 percent.
Symptoms of Anxiety
A person suffering from anxiety may experience a combination of the following symptoms:
- Restlessness or extreme fatigue
- Irritability, feeling on edge
- Difficulty concentrating, racing thoughts
- Muscle tension
- Sleep disturbances
- Exaggerated startle response
- Recurrent or persistent distressing thoughts, impulses, or images
- Chest pain or discomfort
- Chills or hot flashes
- Nausea or abdominal distress
- Feeling lightheaded, dizzy, or faint
- Heart palpitations, racing heart, or accelerated heart rate
The good news is help is available to help you reduce your anxiety and discover a higher quality of life. The counselors at kp counseling are all available to help you learn ways to manage your anxiety, reduce its debilitating effects, and replace panic and fear with a sense of peace and calm. To learn more about your options in anxiety treatment, contact kp counseling at 779-368-0060.
National Institute of Mental Health – http://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/topics/anxiety-disorders/index.shtml