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WHAT IS ANXIETY?
Anxiety is defined as fear or nervousness about what might happen. As humans existing in this world, we experience things, people, events that cause us to worry; we have stressful situations that can be uncomfortable and cause us some anxiety – this keeps us alert and safe, it is our body’s natural defense mechanism. Having an anxiety disorder is not the same thing as having occasional anxiety. An anxiety disorder is an excessive, frequent fear or worry that is difficult to control. Knowing the difference between a healthy amount of stress or anxiety and an anxiety disorder can be very helpful in navigating your health journey.
WHAT IS AN ANXIETY DISORDER?
Anxiety Disorder includes numerous diagnoses, that include Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Agoraphobia, Social Anxiety Disorder, and Panic Disorder, as well as other specific phobias. An anxiety disorder requires a diagnosis from a mental health professional and is only diagnosed when the individual meets certain criteria. Some signs you may be dealing with an anxiety disorder include frequent and uncontrollable worry, difficulty concentrating, having muscle tension, feeling irritable, or experiencing sleep disturbance. It is important to note that none of these symptoms on their own indicate an anxiety disorder, however it is invaluable to meet with an experienced provider who can evaluate your specific symptoms and get you functioning at an optimal level.
UNDERSTANDING POSSIBLE ANXIETY SIGNS & TRIGGERS
One of the best things to do to take control of your anxiety is to learn about anxiety signs and figure out your specific ‘triggers’. It’s not uncommon for an individual with an anxiety disorder to feel ok at one moment, then have some sort of experience or interaction, and become anxious. We call the experience that leads to anxious feelings, a ‘trigger’. These triggers can vary greatly between individuals so it’s important to pay attention to what you’re doing or thinking about, prior to the anxiety setting in. Paying close attention to these signs can help hone in on what’s causing your anxiety and can help in the treatment process.
ANXIETY TREATMENT HELP IN NEW YORK CITY
Anxiety disorders affect over 40 million adults in the United States; and while this is a large population, it means there are a lot of resources to help. It’s common to feel lost or lonely when struggling with an anxiety disorder, but keep in mind you’re not alone. We have experienced providers that can help you cope with your symptoms, giving you the tools to overcome and power forward. Reach out to us; even if you’d just like a little more information about anxiety disorder and treatment options, we’re happy to be a resource.
Triggers are different for everyone, so it’s important to work with a provider you feel comfortable with and who understands these variances. If you’re unaware of your own triggers or having trouble figuring it out, we can absolutely help. Once you have a better understanding of what may be causing your anxiety, it can become easier to treat.
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