It’s normal to feel anxious when facing a challenging situation, such as a job interview, a tough exam, or a blind date. But if your worries and fears seem overwhelming and interfere with your daily life, you may be suffering from an anxiety disorder. There are many different types of anxiety disorders—and many effective treatments and self-help strategies. Once you understand your anxiety disorder, there are steps you can take to reduce your symptoms and regain control of your life.
What you can do
- Learn to recognize the signs, symptoms, and types of anxiety
- Recognize that anxiety affects the whole body with a wide range of physical symptoms
- Make it a priority to connect face-to-face with supportive people
- Move your body frequently—don’t sit for more than an hour
- Get the full amount of restful sleep that you require
- Learn about and practice relaxation techniques
What’s the difference between normal stress and anxiety?
Anxiety is the body’s natural response to danger, an automatic alarm that goes off when you feel threatened, under pressure, or are facing a stressful situation.
In moderation, anxiety isn’t always a bad thing. In fact, anxiety can help you stay alert and focused, spur you to action, and motivate you to solve problems. But when anxiety is constant or overwhelming, when it interferes with your relationships and activities, it stops being functional—that’s when you’ve crossed the line from normal, productive anxiety into the territory of anxiety disorders. …. Continue to website
Support organizations for anxiety disorders
National Alliance on Mental Illness Information Helpline
Trained volunteers can provide information, referrals, and support for those suffering from anxiety disorders in the U.S. Call 1 (800) 950-NAMI (6264), Monday through Friday, 10 am-6 pm, Eastern time. (NAMI)
Find a Therapist
Search for anxiety disorder treatment providers in the U.S. and find advice on selecting the right doctor or therapist. (Anxiety Disorders Association of America)
List of support groups in the U.S., Canada, Australia, and South Africa. (Anxiety and Depression Association of America)
Information, support, and a dedicated helpline for UK sufferers and their families. (Anxiety UK)
Non-profit, non-government organization providing mental health services in Goa, India. (Sangath)
Anxiety Disorders, Canada
Provides links to services in different Canadian provinces. (Anxiety Disorders Association of Canada)
Provides information about symptoms, treatments, medications, and where to go for support in Australia. Call: 1800 18 7263. (SANE Australia).
Signs and symptoms of anxiety attacks and anxiety disorders
Guide to the different types of anxiety disorders, their symptoms, and how to get help. (National Institute of Mental Health)
Anxiety Treatment Options
Article looks at the many treatment options for anxiety, including exercise and breathing techniques. (Better Health Channel)
Psychotherapy and Other Treatments
Overview of therapies and complementary treatments for anxiety. (University of Maryland Medical Center)
Findings from 2007 Baltimore study suggest that anxiety disorders are independent risk factors for suicide attempts, and underscore the importance of anxiety disorders as a serious public health problem.
Reveals severe anxiety may be a risk factor for suicide (Fawcett and Kravitz, 1983; Fawcett, 1997). Studies have reported that a significant number of people who committed suicide were diagnosed as having an anxiety disorder (Allebeck, 1988) and a significantly increased suicide rate is seen in people with panic disorder (Coryell, 1988)
Shares “a growing body of evidence shows that severe anxiety often precedes suicide attempts in psychiatric patients, Dr. Jan Fawcett said at the annual meeting of the Anxiety Disorders Association of America.”