According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of Americaanxiety disorders are the most common mental health issue in the United States, affecting 40 million adults and one in 10 children and teens every year. Anxiety presents in several ways, including generalized anxiety, social, academic, and/or performance anxiety, phobias, post-traumatic stress, obsessive-compulsive and panic disorders. The good news is when anxiety is addressed, it can be successfully treated.

It’s normal to experience occasional symptoms of anxiety. For example, you may feel nervous when preparing for a test or feel your heart racing before a big presentation. But once symptoms begin to cause significant stress, impairment or negatively impact your life, it’s time to seek help. Here are some signs and symptoms to watch for:

  • Feeling nervous, irritable or on edge
  • An increased heart rate
  • Rapid breathing, sweating or trembling
  • Fatigue
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Disturbed or disrupted sleep
  • Experiencing a sense of impending danger, panic or doom
  • Headaches
  • Nausea or vomiting

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