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    Anxiety

    What is Anxiety?

    Anxiety is a mental and physical reaction to perceived threats. In small doses, anxiety is helpful. Why? because it protects us from danger, but when anxiety is too high or happens too often, it can become debilitating.

    Symptoms?

    Excessive worry or nervousness

    Poor concentration

    Restlessness

    Feeling irritable

    Sleep problems

    Increased heart-rate

    Upset stomach

    Muscle tension or aches and pains

    Avoidance of fear

    Easily fatigued

    Recognizing Anxiety?

    How you might think:

    Worry about what might happen to you, or to the people you care about

    Worries “ chaining” together to create increasing unlikely and catastrophic scenarios

    Worry about worry

    How you might feel:

    Nervous

    Anxious

    Apprehensive

    Tense Muscles

    Tired and easily fatigued

    How you might act:

    Spend time worrying about things that might happen

    Avoid situations where the outcome is uncertain

    Spend time planning to prevent the bad outcomes from happening( attempts to reduce the uncertainty associated with a situation)

    Seek reassurance

    Over-planning & Over-preparing

    Who does anxiety affect?

    Women are 2x more likely to suffer from anxiety, but Anxiety can affect anyone of all ages and gender.

    Treatment?

    We can help treat anxiety through:

    Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy: One of the most effective treatments CBT identifies unhealthy thinking patterns and then challenges or disrupts them.

    Relaxation skills: Include various techniques such as deep breathing to create immediate relief from anxiety. With practice it becomes a skill to manage anxiety.

    Exposure Therapy: A plan is created to face anxiety-producing situations, thus breaking the cycle of avoidance. Anxiety loses its power with enough exposure and the symptoms diminish.

    Medication: Medication can help control the symptoms. But medication does not fix the problem of anxiety and the need of medication varies greatly case-by-case.