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Anxiety is a natural part of life. We all feel anxious sometimes, whether it’s due to a test coming up or something happens at work that makes you feel nervous about the safety of your job, or perhaps you’re worried about the status of a romantic relationship. It’s natural to feel anxious then. But clinical anxiety can be far more severe than having the jitters. When anxiety takes over to the extent that you feel as though can no longer enjoy life, maybe it’s time to worry about having an anxiety disorder.

There are many different types of anxiety disorders, including Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Panic Disorder, phobias, OCD, and more. Common symptoms of anxiety are nervousness, fear of impending danger, constant worry, restlessness, hypervigilance, irritability, nausea, an upset stomach, frequent urination or diarrhea, insomnia, shaking, weakness, sweating, racing thoughts, or trouble concentrating. Common anxiety issues include agoraphobia, feeling trapped or helpless, an anxiety disorder due to a medical problem (fear regarding a physical health issue), generalized anxiety disorder (severe and ongoing anxiety), panic disorder, fear of impending doom that seemingly comes out of nowhere, selective mutism (an inability to speak which often affects children, especially in academic settings, like school), and substance-induced anxiety disorders (misusing drugs, alcohol, or medication). 

Fortunately, anxiety disorders are highly treatable and there are constructive ways to cope with anxiety. Therapy is the key component of anxiety disorder treatment. Many studies show that therapy is as effective as medication for most people. And best of all, therapy for anxiety disorders is side-effect free. Here are some common treatments used for anxiety disorders: Psychotherapy, which includes CBT (Cognitive Behavior Therapy); medication, which can consist of antidepressants or short-acting anti-anxiety medicines; meditation and relaxation techniques, such as mindfulness. 

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