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You would be hard-pressed to find people who haven’t felt nervous at one time or at many times in their lives. When people are nervous, they experience a simultaneous combination of anxiety, dread and excitement. Apprehension increases your heart rate and adrenaline output, causes your palms to sweat and give you “butterflies in your stomach.” This edginess can accompany good and undesirable situations, such as a job interview (good) or a dental appointment (undesirable). Nervousness is temporary and ends when the circumstance has passed.
Though anxiety accompanies nervousness, anxiety disorders are psychiatric ailments that stem from multifaceted factors that can include genetics, brain chemistry and life events. Anxiety disorders are persistent and hard to control without treatment.
Individuals with an anxiety disorder are in frequent and acute states of angst and worry. These feelings come on often and without an obvious cause.
Anxiety disorders are the most common mental illness in the United States. They affect 40 million people who are age 18 and up. That’s roughly 18 percent of us. Though anxiety disorders are very treatable, only 37 percent of sufferers seek treatment.
Sufferers are three to five times more apt to go to the doctor and six times more prone to be hospitalized for psychiatric disorders. Depression is also closely linked to anxiety disorders.
Other indicators of anxiety disorders involve insomnia, sweating, trembling, constant worry, headaches, unusual physical sensations, irritability, fatigue, difficulty concentration, indigestion issues and a dim outlook on the world.
If you are in this mental state, the office of Mars & Venus Counseling Center can help you deal with and even resolve your anxiety disorder. Sharing your anxiety with a therapist with whom you feel comfortable helps you get to the root causes and puts things in perspective. He or she can help you see the situation in a more rational light, so you can live your life to the fullest. Please contact the office today to make an appointment.
By New Jersey Centers for Counseling
March 29, 2021