4 Things You Should Know About Anxiety

29 Mar 4 Things You Should Know About Anxiety

Have you ever found yourself short of breath, worrying about something irrationally or unable to think about something without feeling a knot in your stomach? You might have been experiencing anxiety. Anxiety affects millions of people in the United States, so it’s important to educate yourself on this condition to help both yourself and the people in your life affected by it.

4 Things You Should Know About Anxiety

By Teen Rehab

Anxiety is a complex issue affecting millions of people around the world, but we've distilled four key points that you should know regarding this illness.

  • Incidence of Anxiety

    By Teen Rehab

    Anxiety is normal and many people experience it. In fact, [40 million adults in the US are affected by it](http://www.adaa.org/about-adaa/press-room/facts-statistics). There are many kinds of anxiety; for example, people with [diagnosed general anxiety disorder](http://www.teenrehab.org/5-facts-you-should-know-about-generalized-anxiety-disorder/) have a more heightened sense of anxiety and panic than those who experience anxiety occasionally.

  • Fight-or-Flight

    By Teen Rehab

    Anxiety is your body’s natural reaction to a threatening situation, and is often referred to as fight-or-flight. When you feel anxiety, you're experiencing the "flight" part of this reaction. Wanting to avoid a problem or stressor is completely natural, and there are many ways to [calm yourself down during bouts of panic](http://www.teenrehab.org/7-simple-ways-to-calm-anxiety/).

  • Panic Attacks

    By Teen Rehab

    [Panic attacks](http://www.teenrehab.org/how-to-identify-a-panic-attack/) are a common side effect of anxiety. A person experiencing a panic attack may have shortness of breath, dizziness and sweats. If you find yourself experiencing a panic attack, remember to take long, measured breaths and to distract yourself from the stressor.

  • Management Tools

    By Teen Rehab

    If you find yourself experiencing anxiety, never fear—there are ways to manage it. Anxiety can be mitigated through healthy lifestyle changes, journalling, counselling and/or prescription medication.

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