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While occasional anxiety is a natural part of life, anxiety disorders involve levels of anxiousness beyond typical worry or stress. Anxiety disorders are prevalent in the U.S., affecting approximately 40 million adults.
It’s crucial to seek anxiety therapy — even if you have mild symptoms — as an untreated anxiety disorder can interfere with daily life. Most anxiety disorders are treated with medication, cognitive behavioral therapy or a combination of the two.
Anxiety Disorder Symptoms
Anxiety disorder symptoms include:
- Racing thoughts.
- Panic attacks.
- Restlessness and irritability.
- Difficulty sleeping.
- Constant, excessive and unsubstantiated worry.
- Nightmares, flashbacks and/or emotional numbness.
- Avoidance of situations and tasks due to fear.
- Racing heart, catching your breath, upset stomach and other physical symptoms.
Types of Anxiety Disorders
Some common anxiety disorders include:
- Panic disorder.
- Specific phobias.
- Social anxiety.
- Generalized anxiety disorder (GAD).
Anxiety is also present in many conditions, such as obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Situational anxiety occurs in response to a specific situation, such as giving a speech in public, the first day of school or starting a new job.
Find Help for an Anxiety Disorder at ARC Counseling and Wellness
If you or someone you know is experiencing chronic anxiety, you’re not alone. Anxiety disorders are treatable, and many people who seek treatment can overcome challenges and lead happier lives.
ARC Counseling and Wellness offers online and in-person therapy for different types of anxiety, including situational anxiety, OCD, GAD and social anxiety. Contact us today to schedule an appointment for an evaluation.