Anxiety is defined as a state of uneasiness, frequent fear or worry in situations of imminent danger or uncertain outcomes. People who are anxious exhibit a variety of psychological and physical symptoms. Anxiety disorders are the most common form of emotional disorders and affect more than 25 million Americans. Symptoms may include:
- Overwhelming feelings of panic and fear
- Uncontrollable obsessive thoughts
- Painful, intrusive memories
- Recurring nightmares
- Physical symptoms such as feeling sick to your stomach, “butterflies” in your stomach, heart pounding, startling easily, and muscle tension
Anxiety disorders differ from normal feelings of nervousness. Untreated anxiety disorders can push people into avoiding situations that trigger or worsen their symptoms. People with anxiety disorders are likely to suffer from depression. There are many things Americare can do to help you feel less anxious.