Anxiety and How to Treat it

By Matthew O'Connor Emily Shapiro, and Casey Keane

Stats About Anxiety and a Brief Description

Anxiety affects 40 million Americans ages 18 and older.
Anxiety is easily treatable, but only 1/3 of people get treated.
Approximately one third of the United States mental health bill goes towards treating anxiety.
Anxiety is a disease that is caused by extreme nervousness. Although some anxiety is normal, an extreme amount of anxiety is a mental disorder. There are different anxiety disorders, Some of the anxiety disorders include obsessive compulsive disorder, social phobia, and post traumatic stress disorder. These diseases all cause a lot of stress in people around the world.

Symptoms, Resources and How to Help a Friend

Symptoms of anxiety include sweating, trembling, fast heart rate, breathing quickly, feeling tired, feeling a feeling of doom, feeling powerless, and feeling apprehensive. You can sometimes feel the feeling of choking or the feeling of going crazy.
Some places you can go if you have anxiety are "The Anxiety and Phobia Workbook" by Edmund J. Bourne, P.D. Another place you can go is the website the ADAA is the Anxiety and Depression Association of America. A third resource you can go to is is the home of the American Psychiatry Organization.
If your friend has anxiety, you should talk to them about it and let them know you want to help them. You should try to spend time with them to help them with it. Let your friend know that they can call you whenever they need to. Give them praise when they improve. Don't expect anything major. Remember that they have a hard time coping with their condition.