Anxiety Disorders

Anxiety Disorders affect 18% of the population, 40 million Americans. 5.9% of children are diagnosed with severe anxiety disorder. Anxiety disorders are the most common mental illness in the United States.

Anxiety is a common human experience which can be described as a fearful anticipation of an unpleasant event. To some degree it is a normal response. When it becomes excessive, irrational or debilitating, anxiety can be categorized as a disorder. Anxiety disorder symptoms may vary from mild to severe degrees of physical or emotional discomfort leading to levels of panic.

Symptoms may include:
  • Shakiness
  • Trembling
  • Muscle aches
  • Sweating, cold/clammy hands
  • Dizziness
  • Jitteriness
  • Tension
  • Fatigue
  • Racing or pounding heart
  • Dry mouth
  • Numbness/tingling of hands, feet or other body parts
  • Upset stomach, diarrhea
  • Lump in throat, feelings of choking
  • High pulse
  • Rapid breathing
  • Sense of impending doom
  • Excessive worry
  • Preoccupation with worries
  • Ruminating thoughts