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                                                ANXIETY DISORDERS

Just before giving a speech or any other activity that is done before an audience, most people would experience some level of anxiety. Everyone gets nervous or anxious once in a while, but the feeling passes and you go on with your life. But if anxiety keeps you from engaging in your usual activities or if you have debilitating physical symptoms related to anxiety then you probably have an anxiety disorder.

Anxiety disorders, like most mood disorders, tend to run in families. So, if you have a close relative who experiences anxiety you have a likelihood of experiencing it, also. However, having a relative who experiences anxiety does not mean that you will definitely have it. It just means that there is a greater likelihood that you will handle difficulties by becoming anxious. Maybe you have lost your job due to COVID-19, maybe you are worried that you or a loved one will contract the virus. Perhaps just being quarantined to your home and dealing with the many societal changes (e.g. the need to wear a mask and gloves, standing in line to shop for food) that are taking place are causing you anxiety.

Anxiety disorders are generally treated with anxiolytics (antianxiety medications). However, anxiety can also be treated with Behavior Modification and Cognitive Behavior Therapy.

If you would like more information on the symptoms of and the treatment for anxiety disorders, please contact us at (954) 443-2182.