Anxiety is best described as feelings of worry, nervousness, and/or fear that are strong enough to interfere with one's daily activities. There are different forms of anxiety ranging from Specific Phobia (fear triggered by exposure to a specific situation or object), to Social Anxiety (excessive fear about how others perceive us), Panic Disorder (a fear that one might experience a panic episode), and Generalized Anxiety (a constant worry about multiple things and an expectation of impending doom).
According to the National Institute of Mental Health ( NIMH) about 18 percent of the adult US population struggle with an anxiety disorder. Experiencing more than one anxiety disorder is not uncommon. Anxiety symptoms can be psychological ( fear, worry) in nature or physical ( chest pain, racing heart, flushing skin, nausea, and difficulty breathing).
Mental health treatment for anxiety disorders involves learning techniques to stop physical anxiety symptoms and learning to change thoughts that contribute to anxiety.
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