Learn About Anxiety

Everyone experiences feelings of anxiety during the course of their life

Anxiety can be described as a sense of uneasiness, nervousness, worry, fear, or dread about what’s about to happen. Anxiety is expected and normal at specific times in development. It is a natural part of growing up and being exposed to new and sometimes stressful situations. For example, it is common for teens to express feeling anxious about a test or the first day of school. Most of these symptoms are temporary, however one in eight adolescents are affected by anxiety disorders lasting greater than 6 months. Anxiety disorders are characterized by feeling excessive worry in excess to the stressor or event, which causes difficulty in functioning. Treatment typically combines medication and counseling to help address how to manage the feelings of worry or fear.

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