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Symptoms and Treatment for Anxiety

13 October 2014

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People often refer to the term anxiety as a synonym for stress or worry. but for 6.8 million Americans, anxiety is an everyday struggle. Sara Barry, a licensed behavioral practitioner for INTEGRIS, discusses the symptoms of anxiety disorders and how to seek treatment for these issues.

People often refer to the term anxiety as a synonym for stress or worry. But for 6.8 million American adults, it's a constant everyday struggle.

Individuals with generalized anxiety disorder feel like they cannot stop their constant stream of worrying. Even though many individuals living with it realize that their anxiety is much more intense than the situation warrants, they are unable to stop it.

Many have difficulty relaxing and concentrating. They may startle very easily, or find it hard to fall or stay asleep.

The following are some physical symptoms that can often accompany anxiety:

  • fatigue
  • headaches
  • muscle tension or muscle aches
  • difficulty swallowing
  • trembling or twitching
  • irritability
  • sweating
  • feeling out of breath, or
  • hot flashes.

If you believe that you or a loved one may be suffering from generalized anxiety, take a free, anonymous online mental health screening, and access free information and resources, including videos and podcasts from Dr. R. Murali Krishna by visiting our INTEGRIS Mental Health website.