What is it?Anxiety is an emotion you feel when you’re worried about something. We all experience it. Your body tenses up, and your mind becomes fixated on the thing you’re worried about. Anxiety can affect a number of things: appetite, sleep, home life and work performance.
A little anxiety can be useful. For example, if you’re anxious about an upcoming exam, it might motivate you to study. But if you’re so anxious that you can’t concentrate on studying, the anxiety is no longer useful.
When anxiety starts to interfere with your daily life, you might have an anxiety disorder. Anxiety disorders are the most common mental health concern in the United States. Over 40 million adults in the U.S. (19.1%) have an anxiety disorder and approximately 7% of children aged 3-17 experience issues with anxiety each year.
SymptomsEveryone’s experience with anxiety is different, but some of the common symptoms of anxiety disorders include:
• Feeling restless and irritable
• Difficulty concentrating
• Muscle pain, tightness, or soreness
• Trouble falling asleep or staying asleep
• Feeling exhausted even after a full night’s sleep
• Going out of your way to avoid situations that make you anxious
• Intrusive thoughts (unwanted thoughts or worries that won’t go away)
Additional InformationTo learn more about the types of anxiety, treatments and how to support someone:
Mental Health America.org
NAMI Support & EducationWe offer a variety of support groups and education programs to help you or your loved one dealing with anxiety or other mental health concerns. All programs are free.
Support Groups page for the link to register. Family & Friends Seminar virtually. This 2-hour educational seminar is for people who have loved ones with a mental health condition.