Everyone is anxious at one time or another. Anxiety becomes a problem when it interferes with life.
- Anxiety is the most common psychological ailment in the U.S. It affects almost 40 million Americans annually, and $42 billion is spent each year on the treatment of anxiety disorders.
- Anxiety can mimic physical problems. Have a doctor rule out underlying physical causes.
- Anxiety is often triggered by major life events, both good and bad.
- PTSD (posttraumatic stress disorder) doesn’t only happen in war zones. Trauma associated with grief, loss and life-threatening experiences can generate years of anxiety.
- Treatment for anxiety needs to include mind-body therapy methods that can release trauma and anxiety from the nervous system where it has been stored.
Anxiety can manifest in many ways:
obsessive thought patterns
avoidance of anxiety-producing people, places, or things
self-medicating to relieve tension with alcohol or drugs
in the physical body:
muscular tension the feeling of being "keyed up"
unexplained aches and pains heart palpitations