Hello and happy spring! This Myers Counseling Group newsletter is the first in a two part series on anxiety. Worry is a normal part of our lives. We all experience it at some point or another. However, for some people who struggle with anxiety disorders, the “worry” could be extremely debilitating. The first article, “Anxiety, More than Just the Worry”, describes anxiety disorders and distinguishes it from typical worry. Our second news article will introduce tools to address anxiety symptoms.

The components of anxiety, stress, fear, and anger do not exist independently of you in the world. They simply do not exist in the physical world, even though we talk about them as if they do.”.

Wayne Dyer

Anxiety Disorder, More than Just Worry

Anxiety, is that sense of worry and uneasiness that many of us experience in relation to situations where there is uncertainty or anticipation.  It is a normal response that aids us in emergency situations motivating us to act.  At times, anxiety can interfere with our daily functioning becoming an anxiety disorder.

According to the NIMH (National Institute of Mental Health), 40 million adults over the age of 18 experience an anxiety disorder in their lifetime.  Women are significantly more likely to experience an anxiety disorder, 60%.  The DSM-V (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual V, used to classify mental health and substance abuse problems) identifies seven different types of anxiety disorders including Selective Mutism, Separation Anxiety Disorder, Specific Phobia, Social Phobia, Panic Disorder, Agoraphobia, and Generalized Anxiety Disorder.

The symptoms of an anxiety disorder vary…. click for more