By Madisyn Wiggins

What is it?

Anxiety is the extreme fear or nervousness about things that will or could happen in the future. Anxiety includes a wide variety of metal illnesses such as depression, ADHD, and ADD. This disease is caused by inheriting it from your parents, environmental stress, and changes in the brain.

What happens if you have anxiety?

Anxiety affects the brain. There are no scientific tests for this disease, it runs in your family and is usually inherited from parents or grandparents. There is a wide variety of symptoms such as:

  • Problems sleeping
  • Shortness of breath
  • Dry mouth
  • Stomach pain
  • Dizziness

Anxiety affects 40 million people in the US;

Coping with anxiety

What medical assistance is needed?

  • Counseling
  • Prescription medicine
  • Self treatment (talking yourself through it, calming exercises) As people with anxiety get older, they find better ways to cope and cure anxiety.

Is there a cure?

There is no known cure for anxiety because it varies from person to person. People can never fully "cure" anxiety but they can learn to better cope with it and take medicine to help them. This disease cannot be prevented because it is inherited.

How does this affect children? Is there a cure?

If an individual has a child/children, their child has a very good chance of inheriting anxiety from their parent or parents. There is no known cure to take away anxiety completely,however, doctors can prescribe medicine to help it.