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Anxiety: Everything from fast facts to getting help

 

What is Anxiety?

Anxiety is future-oriented - focused on anticipation of future events. Anxiety and fear are different: fear is an emotional response to a real or perceived imminent threat.

Types of anxiety include general anxiety disorder, social anxiety disorder, and panic disorder.

Anxiety can can take a physical toll on you and your relationships. It manifests itself in different ways for different people, through motor tension, autonomic hyperactivity, and/or hypervigilance.

Anxiety is the most common mental illness in the U.S. - 40% of adults and 10% of adolescents are living with it.

Treating and Preventing Anxiety

Anxiety is highly treatable through a variety of interventions, including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, mindfulness meditation, and exposure therapy.

Focusing on your breathing to find a place of calm can help minimize anxious sensations.

Maintaining healthy and regular sleep patterns can help prevent anxious episodes.

Talking to your general physician is a great way to learn more about how you are feeling and options around managing your mental wellness.

Referrals
99 Coping Skills For: All-Ages | PDF | Support | Provides an interactive list and print-out of 99 coping skills and strategies.
Dartmouth Relaxation Downloads For: All Ages | Website | Coping Skill | Provides audio files for guided relaxation, meditation, mindfulness and imagery exercises.
Grounding: Create Personal Calm For: Adults & Teens | PDF | Worksheet | Educates and puts into practice the use of grounding techniques during a heated moment.
Homelessness Shelter Directory For: All Ages | Directory | Informative l National directory of homeless shelters, dental/medical clinics, rent assistance, relief organizations, women's shelters, soup kitchens, food banks, etc.
Insight TimerFor: For: All Ages | App | Coping Skill | Free guided meditations and ambient sounds with ability to connect with like-minded meditators.
Mass Shooting and Violence Resources For: Adults | Website | Informative | Offers information and specific strategies to support children who have faced trauma, with links to trauma recovery resources.
Military One Source For: Adults | Website | Service | Offers military families a wide range of support for many aspects of military life.
Pixel Thoughts For: All Ages | Interactive | Coping Skill | 60-second meditation tool to ease worries and release bothersome thoughts.
PTSD Coach For: Adults & Teens | App | Advocacy & Support | A free app and website available to people with PTSD find and practice coping skills.
Quiet Kit For: All Ages | Website | Coping Skill | Provides easy guided meditations and breathing exercises for beginners.
School/Life Balance Tips For: Adults & Teens | Website | Informative | Provides students with tips on balancing and prioritizing the demands of school, work, family and friends.
Stop, Breathe, Think For: All Ages | App | Coping Skill | Provides short activities to guide people through meditation for mindfulness and compassion.