Anxiety is a normal human emotion that everyone experiences at times. Many people feel
nervous when faced with stressful situations, such as managing problems at work, home, or in
school. Anxiety can become problematic when people experience constant and overwhelming
worry and fear.
Anxiety disorders are caused by a combination of factors, including genetics and environmental
stress. Researchers have discovered people with anxiety disorders often have chemical
imbalances in the brain that involve the way the nerve cells “communicate” with each other.
Finally, life stress, especially at an early age, can increase the risk of developing an anxiety
- Excessive worry
- Feeling overwhelmed
- Anticipatory anxiety
- Racing Thoughts
- Obsessive thoughts
- Internal anxiety “for no reason”
- Physical symptoms-upset stomach, vomiting, diarrhea, frequent urination, muscle
stiffness, fatigue and exhaustion, tingling and numbness in the extremities, dizziness, and
trouble with focus/concentration
If your symptoms of anxiety are negatively impacting your quality of life, there are treatment
options available. Anxiety can be effectively treated with certain forms of psychotherapy such
as CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy) and Mindfulness. Anxiety at times also requires
psychopharmacologic treatment. Talk to your provider today for more information.