Anxiety

Anxiety Transcript

It's normal to worry and feel anxious from time to time, especially when life is stressful. However, when anxiety becomes overwhelming and impacts a person's ability to function, it may be a sign of an anxiety disorder.

Anyone can develop anxiety. Seeking help is important because living with anxiety can be very challenging. Luckily, an anxiety disorder is treatable. Most people recover through a combination of talk therapy, lifestyle changes, learning new coping skills, and medication. Someone can also receive help from support groups. By seeking support from family or social networks, local community or faith-based organizations, people can feel less isolated and better able to address their anxiety.

How can you tell if someone needs more help for their anxiety?

Someone's anxiety may be getting more serious if:

  • Worry about hurting their relationships
  • Worry about their performance in school or at work
  • Avoid things that they enjoy, because of a looming feeling of dread
  • Experience worry that is out of proportion to its cause
  • Feel irritable, restless, and on edge
  • Find it hard to relax
  • Struggle with concentration, remembering things, and making decisions
  • Have problems with sleeping and eating
  • Tire easily
  • Sweat excessively
  • Feel nauseous
  • Experience headaches, muscle tension, and shaking
  • Experience a pounding or racing heart
  • Experience chest pain and tightness that feels like having a heart attack
  • Experience choking sensations and shortness of breath
  • or Experience dizziness

What to do when anxiety and worry become overwhelming?

Anxiety that affects people in these ways may be signs that someone would benefit from more professional help.

Symptoms such as these often do not go away on their own and map get worse. One should get the help that they need.

If someone thinks they may suffer from anxiety, they should seek help from a trusted or comfortable source of help, which could mean someone's doctor, a certified peer specialist, a counselor, or psychologist.

One can also find help by calling, texting, or visiting us online. Free, confidential help is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. If someone is in immediate danger of harming themself or someone else, call 911.