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Living with Anxiety

Do you live with excessive anxiety and worry? Do your thoughts race all day? Do you wish you could “turn your mind off” at times? Do you dread something bad happening every day?

You could be living with Generalized Anxiety Disorder, a disorder that affects more than 15 million Americans each year.

Common symptoms of Generalized Anxiety Disorder

  1. Excessive anxiety and worry over a variety of events or activities for at least six months
  2. It is difficult to control the worry and relax
  3. You have at least 3 of the following symptoms: restlessness, easy fatigue, difficulty concentrating, irritability, muscle tension and disturbed sleep
  4. Your worry is not focused on one aspect of life but rather on many aspects of life
  5. Social and occupational impairment which is not due to other factors such as substance abuse or physical sickness.
  6. Other physical symptoms can include: trembling, feeling shaky, sweating, nausea, diarrhea and an exaggerated response to certain sounds and events

If this sounds like you, then you are not alone. In this age of technology and performance, many people are spending a lot of time worrying and feeling anxious about life.

Is anxiety hereditary?

Anxiety is not hereditary however, a person can be predisposed to anxiety due to certain genetic factors. People living with someone who displays anxious behavior can develop anxiety themselves. Worry can breed worry.

Can medication help with anxiety?

There are certain medications that are known to help reduce symptoms of anxiety. Two well known medications are Xanax and Lexapro. You should see your health practitioner or a psychiatrist for an accurate explanation and assessment of whether anti-anxiety drugs could work for you. See our website for access to an online therapist and to connect with other people who may be experiencing the same symptoms.

Remember, you are not alone! Anxiety affects all of us, in some shape or form.