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Anxiety

Although most people feel anxious at one time or another, anxiety becomes truly problematic when it affects one’s ability to function or cope. Anxiety disorders may also involve a variety of physical symptoms that can interfere with one’s daily functioning. Such symptoms include restlessness, fatigue, upset stomach, muscle tension, racing/pounding heart, or difficulties sleeping. People with anxiety disorders find it difficult to control their worry and often find it to be all-consuming. Some may worry that they have a medical illness or are going “crazy”.

There are a multitude of anxiety disorders that can impact people in different ways. Some examples include Panic Disorder, Specific Phobias, Social Phobia, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Post-traumatic Stress Disorder, Acute Stress Disorder, and Generalized Anxiety Disorder According to the DSM-IV-TR, the one-year prevalence rate for anxiety is 3% while the lifetime prevalence rate is 5%. Although some believe that anxiety is inherited to some degree, anxiety frequently results from recent life stressors.

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