Do you ever feel like you worry too much?
Did you know that worry and anxiety are normal and can be treated?
Anxiety is an emotion derived from fear.
Anxious thoughts of a perceived future threat arises from the mind causing tension and uneasiness in the body activating the sympathetic nervous system and its fight-or-flight mechanism. Our body responds to such recurring anxious thoughts by increasing breathing, heart beat, and blood flow to the muscles.
Moderate levels of anxiety may be useful and perceived as excitement to the brain and the nervous system promoting a dose of alertness and increased focus. High levels of anxiety can be detrimental to one’s overall health and may interfere with one’s ability to perform daily tasks and responsibilities.
Anxiety symptoms include but are not limited to recurring intrusive negative thought patterns, worry, lack of focus, over or under eating, low self-esteem and fear-orientation. Alcohol, sugar and caffeine consumption may greatly increase these symptoms
According to the American Psychiatric Association, anxiety disorders are the most common of mental disorders and will affect nearly 30% of adults at some point in their lives.
According to the National Institutes of Health, nearly one-third of adults in the U.S. may have to deal with anxiety, usually affecting more adult females than adult males. “Anxiety.” Psychology Today, Sussex Publishers, www.psychologytoday.com/us/basics/anxiety.
Although anxiety is highly treatable, only about ⅓ of all affected adults may find adequate treatment or counseling.