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 going to happen. It is normal and even expected during different stages of development, meaning it’s a natural part of growing up and being exposed to new and sometimes stressful situations. For example, it is common for a student to express that they feel anxious about a test. Much of the time, the symptoms of anxiety are temporary. When these symptoms persist, however, they point to an anxiety disorder, which is characterized by excessive worry in response to a stressor or situation that makes functioning difficult. One in eight adolescents is affected by an anxiety disorder lasting more than six months. Treatment typically combines medication and counseling to help address how to manage the feelings of worry or fear.

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