Nearly everyone feels worried, nervous or uneasy from time to time. Sometimes these feelings can become overwhelming or continue for a long time. Learn more about anxiety, anxiety disorders and what you can do to feel better.
Some of the most common anxiety disorders are:
Anxiety disorders can interfere with your daily activities, such as:
Anxiety may express itself through:
Learn about behaviors that can help ease anxiety.
Get regular aerobic exercise to promote oxygen circulation through your blood. Consider:
Get adequate rest—at least seven to eight hours a night. If anxiety keeps you up at night, establish a relaxing bedtime ritual that helps you disconnect from anxious thoughts.
Talk to your health care professional about treatment options for anxiety. Common treatments include:
Anxiety disorders are very common. The National Institute of Mental Health estimates that as many as 33% of American men and women may experience an anxiety disorder at some point in their lives. And 18% of adult men and women (40 million people) experience an anxiety disorder in any given year. Most types of anxiety disorders are twice as common in women as in men.
Anxiety disorders are thought to be caused by a combination of several factors:
Symptoms of anxiety and depression can go away and come back throughout your life if you do not get treatment.
Chronic anxiety can cause problems with relationships, sleep, work, your nervous system and your cardiovascular system. According to recent research, women with anxiety are far more likely to show reduced blood flow to the heart (ischemia) during physical activity than women without anxiety.