Anxiety

More Than Just Stress

How to Help and when to find help

What is it/ Signs and Symptoms

Anxiety (n.): a feeling of fear, unease, and worry caused by stress, which comes from any event/thought that makes one feel frustrated, angry, or nervous.


The term "anxiety disorder" refers to GAD, OCD, panic disorder, PTSD, and social phobias.


If you notice excessive, irrational fear and dread, which lasts at least six months, you or a friend may have anxiety. This can get worse if not treated. Anxiety usually comes with other mental or physical illness (including alcohol and/or substance abuse), which will make symptoms less visible at times or even make them worse.


Physical symptoms include: trembling, twitching, or shaking; soreness; and feeling extremely tired.

Behavioral symptoms include: restlessness; feeling on edge; and feeling angry or irritable.



Statistics

Anxiety-


-is the most common mental illness in the United States

-affects 40 million adults in the US who are eighteen and older (18% of the US population)

-affects women twice as often as men

-sufferers only receive treatment 1/3 of the time

-occurs in half of those also diagnosed with depression

How to help a friend or yourself

Support and patience are helpful first steps for a friend. Also know when to be patient versus when to be assertive. For either a friend or yourself, you can also learn more about the disorder and what to expect from the illness and the recovery process.


Where to Find Help

Physical Locations:


St. Joe's Mental Services

Your Family Doctor

Gordon Systems Inc.

A Mental Health Professional (Like a Therapist)


Hotlines:

Telephone Counseling Hotline (315)-251-0600


Websites:

nimh.nih.gov

webmd.com

maketheconnection.net