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It is common for all of us to experience stress and anxiety from time to time.  Especially considering the cultural perception that demands of work and home are growing while time is shrinking.  However, if you experience long standing anxiety that interferes with your daily functioning, you may have an anxiety disorder. Examples of anxiety disorders include generalized anxiety disorder, panic disorder, and social anxiety disorder.  These disorders are among the most common mental health illnesses affecting about 18.1% of adults in the U.S.1  The stigma of having an anxiety disorder is one factor that interferes with people getting help.  Only about one third of people with an anxiety disorder seek treatment.2

Practically speaking, self-blame and avoidance of problematic anxiety only intensifies the symptoms.  Perhaps you are already aware that as you try to control worry, it becomes stronger.   Several factors can lead to a person having an anxiety disorder including family history, genetics, personality and life events.2  

Consider seeking help if anxiety;

  • Affects your physical health
  • Affects your ability to work
  • Weakens the health of your relationships
  • Interferes with enjoying your life
  • Doesn’t improve with traditional stress management

If you suspect that you may have an anxiety disorder, remove the stigma and seek effective treatment.   The professional counselors at Life and Work Connections are here to meet with you to discuss your options.  For more information on anxiety disorders, visit our articles page. 

To build your resilience to stress and anxiety, visit our Stress Management page. 

1.  National Institute of Mental Health. "NIMH » Anxiety Disorders." U.S National Library of Medicine. U.S. National Library of Medicine, Mar. 2016. Web. 02 Nov. 2016.
2.  "Facts & Statistics." Anxiety and Depression Association of America, Aug. 2016. Web. 02 Nov. 2016..
3.  McEwen, B. (2012, Jun). The Ever-Changing Brain: Cellular and Molecular Mechanisms for the Effects of Stressful Experiences. Dev Neurobiol., 72(6), 878-890. doi:10.1002/dneu.20968