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Anxiety and Stress Disorders

Feeling Overly Anxious?

"Courage is doing what you're afraid to do. There can be no courage unless you're scared."
Eddie Rickenbacker (1890-1973)

Anxiety disorders are the most common form of mental illness. About 16% of the adult population suffers from some kind of anxiety disorder each year.

Life is stressful. There are day-to-day hassles on top of dealing with work and taking care of your family. Fortunately, most of us can "blow off some steam," finding the time to relax and have fun. We know that anxiety motivates us to get things done. Yet for some people, stress and anxiety make it difficult to function on even a daily basis. In these cases, anxiety doesn't help motivate - it interferes. Many people quietly suffer from disruptive anxiety without seeking mental health treatment. Instead, they often complain of physical problems and go to their family doctors, internists, or cardiac specialists.

Common physical complaints include:

Often both the doctor and the patient fail to recognize that anxiety is causing these symptoms. The failure to seek mental health treatment is particularly unfortunate, as anxiety disorders are some of the issues most effectively treated by psychosocial interventions. National Anxiety Disorders Screening Day, held in early May, gives those who are struggling with anxiety the chance to receive an assessment of their difficulties. It is also a chance learn more about the treatment of these disorders. Individuals trained in psychiatric assessment are available to provide information, assessment and referrals to those suffering from anxiety. To find information about anxiety disorders and to locate a service provider offering free screening in your area, please see the following websites:

The Anxiety and Stress Disorders Clinic

National Institute of Mental Health, Anxiety Disorders Section

Freedom From Fear

Screening for Mental Health, Inc.

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Last Reviewed: Jun 06, 2008

Beth   McCreary, PhD, LLC Beth McCreary, PhD, LLC
Adjunct Assistant Professor of Psychology
College of Social and Behavioral Sciences
The Ohio State University