— Libby Fudim
- Are you spending a significant amount of your time worrying?
- Do you experience panic attacks?
- Have you felt overwhelmed by certain aspects of your life?
While we have all experienced moments of great anxiety…an important job interview, a final exam, buying a home, etc., anxiety can often be a normal reaction to stress and uncertainty. In such instances, anxiety can actually motivate us to be more productive, study more thoroughly and be more discerning in our decisions. Anxiety and stress often go hand in hand, and certainly, in these challenging times, many people are experiencing an exacerbation of anxiety symptoms associated with a health crisis, job loss, home foreclosure or economic uncertainty. To feel stress under such circumstances is normal, however, it is when stress becomes anxiety, or existing anxiety signs and symptoms escalate, that is becomes too difficult and problematic to manage on one’s own.
Although anxiety can make a person feel isolated and alone, it is actually a very common condition and according to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, approximately 40 million adults (18.1% of the population) suffer from anxiety every year. The impact of anxiety can be experienced in all areas of life including physical, emotional and social well- being.
Symptoms can include:
- Muscle tension, headaches or fatigue
- Racing heart, nausea, intestinal distress
- Profuse sweating
- Feelings of apprehension or dread
- Difficulty concentrating
- Avoidance of people or places
- Excessive worry or rumination
Struggling with anxiety alone can be overwhelming. However, there are an abundance of techniques and resources to help manage and treat anxiety. Through the use of therapeutic interventions and social support systems, you can take control of your life again and experience your fullest potential.