It is not uncommon to have worrisome thoughts. National prevalence data indicate that nearly 40 million people in the United States (20%) experience an anxiety disorder in any given year.

Some anxiety isn’t bad. In fact, a little anxiety can help propel you through a happy and successful life. Having too much anxiety; however, is bad - even if it’s just a little too much.

Everyday Anxiety or an Anxiety Disorder?

Everyday Anxiety Anxiety Disorder
Worry about paying bills, landing a job, a romantic breakup, or other important life events Constant and unsubstantiated worry that causes significant distress and interferes with daily life
Embarrassment or self-consciousness in an uncomfortable or awkward social situation Avoiding social situations for fear of being judged, embarrassed, or humiliated
A case of nerves or sweating before a big test, business presentation, stage performance, or other significant event Seemingly out-of-the-blue panic attacks and the preoccupation with the fear of having another one
Realistic fear of a dangerous object, place, or situation Irrational fear or avoidance of an object, place, or situation that poses little or no threat of danger
Anxiety, sadness, or difficulty sleeping immediately after a traumatic event Recurring nightmares, flashbacks, or emotional numbing related to a traumatic event that occurred several months or years before

Do you have anxiety? Take the anxiety quiz to see if you may be suffering from symptoms of an anxiety disorder.

7-Question Anxiety Quiz

It's a normal part of life to experience occasional anxiety. However, if you’re being plagued by ‘a little too much’ anxiety, whether it’s a chronic tension or butterflies inside, social anxiety, OCD, panic attacks, phobias, or stress, please reach out. Life doesn’t have to be this way.

Bringing your anxiety down to a healthier level can help you find more enjoyment in your days, experience a better family and work environment, and eliminate the emotional, mental, and even physical problems that anxiety can cause.

We’d love to help.

Reference: Spitzer RL, Kroenke K, Williams JB, Löwe B. A brief measure for assessing generalized anxiety disorder: the GAD-7. Arch Intern Med. 2006 May 22;166(10):1092-7.


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