Anxiety

  • Anxiety is the mind and body's reaction to stressful, dangerous, or unfamiliar situations. It's the sense of uneasiness, distress, or dread you feel before a significant event. Anxiety disorders are characterized by a general feature of excessive fear (i.e. emotional response to perceived or real threat) and/or anxiety (i.e. worrying about a future threat) and can have negative behavioral and emotional consequences. (www.anxiety.org)

  • Physical Symptoms Include:

    • Rapid heart rate
    • Quick breathing or difficulty catching one’s breath
    • Muscle aches (especially stomach and headaches)
    • Shaking, dizziness, tingling
    • Sweating
    • Fatigue

    Emotional symptoms include:

    • Ongoing worries about friends, school, or activities
    • Worrying about things before they happen
    • A need for everything to be “perfect”
    • Constant thoughts and fears about safety (of self or of others, such as parents and siblings)
    • Reluctance or refusal to go to school
    • "Clingy” behavior with parents
    • Inability to concentrate
    • Irritability
    • Trouble sleeping
    • Inability to relax