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  1. Anxiety is future-oriented - focused on anticipation of future events.
  2. Anxiety and fear are different: fear is an emotional response to a real or perceived imminent threat.
  3. There are different categories of anxiety that one can suffer from, including general anxiety disorder, social anxiety disorder, and panic disorder.
  4. Anxiety is the most common mental illness in the U.S. - 40% of adults and 10% of adolescents are living with it.
  5. Anxiety is highly treatable through a variety of interventions, including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, mindfulness meditation, and exposure therapy.
  6. Anxiety can can take a physical toll on you and your relationships.
  7. Anxiety manifests itself in different ways for different people, through motor tension, autonomic hyperactivity, and/or hypervigilance.
  8. Focusing on your breathing to find a place of calm can help minimize anxious sensations.
  9. Maintaining healthy and regular sleep patterns can help prevent anxious episodes.
  10. Talking to your general physician is a great way to learn more about how you are feeling and options around managing your mental wellness.