Anxiety Disorders—Exploring Mental Health

“Every day is a struggle, even when I’m at my best. My anxiety is always with me, and my panic taps me on my shoulder a few times a day. On my good days, I can brush it off. On my bad days, I just want to stay in bed.” – Unknown

May is Mental Health Awareness Month. To honor it, we’re exploring common mental health conditions. And today, we’re taking a closer look at anxiety.

Anxiety disorders are common—affecting roughly 40 million adults and 7% of kids between the ages of 3 and 17 every year in the United States alone.

Check out the video below for a brief overview of anxiety disorders and how they impact those afflicted.

We all experience anxious feelings from time to time—it’s part of being human.

However, two things generally separate an anxiety disorder from simply being anxious:

For people who experience anxiety disorders, excessive and persistent worries often don’t go away, even when there’s nothing to stress or worry about. And those who struggle frequently try to avoid situations that might be triggering.

Common anxiety conditions include:

And while specific anxiety disorder symptoms vary by diagnosis, many share the symptoms below:

Common Symptoms of Anxiety

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