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Mental Health Minute: Anxiety Disorders in Adults



As you approach the podium, your heart rate jumps. Your mind blanks, and as your chest tightens. You start to feel as if at any minute, you could die. 

Occasional anxiety is an expected part of life. For a person with an anxiety disorder, the anxiety does not go away. Anxiety disorders can get worse over time. Symptoms of anxiety disorders include restlessness, fatigue, irritability, trouble concentrating, and difficulty sleeping. About one-third of U.S. adults experience an anxiety disorder at some time in their lives. 

Finding ways to relax can help. So can talking about it. Connecting with family and friends can help you cope. If your symptoms don't go away, talk with a health care provider. While living with an anxiety disorder isn't always easy, there is hope. With treatment, different types of talk therapy, and possibly medication—you can take back your life. 

To learn more about anxiety disorders, visit the NIMH website. And if you found this mental health minute helpful, please share it.