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Everyone gets nervous or anxious from time to time—when speaking in public, for instance, or when going through financial difficulty. For some people, however, anxiety becomes so frequent, or so forceful, that it begins to take over their lives. Anxiety disorders are the most common mental illnesses affecting children and adults. An estimated 40 million American adults suffer from anxiety disorders.

How can you tell if your everyday anxiety has crossed the line into a disorder? It's not easy. Anxiety comes in many different forms—panic attacks, phobia, and social anxiety—and the distinction between an official diagnosis and "normal" anxiety aren’t always clear.

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 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 preoccupation with the fear of having another one

Realistic fear of a dangerous object, place, or situation

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

What Are the Symptoms of an Anxiety Disorder?

According to WebMD, symptoms vary depending on the type of anxiety disorder, but general symptoms include:

  • Feelings of panic, fear, and uneasiness

  • Problems sleeping

  • Cold or sweaty hands and/or feet

  • Shortness of breath

  • Heart palpitations

  • An inability to be still and calm

  • Dry mouth

  • Numbness or tingling in the hands or feet

  • Nausea

  • Muscle tension

  • Dizziness

Anxiety can be managed effectively, and Interface’s therapists have useful strategies to address many different types of anxiety. Therapy is a proven method for alleviating anxiety and can be combined with medication when needed.

To learn more about anxiety visit WebMD:

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