Anxiety Symptoms, Treatments, Diagnosis and More

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Anxiety Symptoms, Treatments, Diagnosis and More

Anxiety is a psychological and physiological state that causes temporary feelings of fear and worry. For the most part, feeling anxious is a normal response to stressful or tense situations. Anxiety can help motivate us to anticipate challenges, plan ahead and push through tough times. However, when feelings of anxiety are excessive or constant and disrupt daily life, it can become a mental health disorder. Many people with anxiety disorders perceive threats that are not grounded in reality, and this interferes with their ability to live comfortably.

Anxiety disorders impact people of all ages and genders, and approximately 31% of adults in the United States will experience an anxiety disorder at some point in their lifetimes. These commonly experienced disorders can be managed with appropriate supportive treatment.