Do you feel “on edge”, tense, irritable or unable to relax? Do you worry excessively? Or do you have unexplained physical complaints such as insomnia, fatigue, heart palpitations, dizziness or difficulty breathing? If so, you are not alone. These can all be symptoms of an anxiety disorder. Anxiety is the most common psychological complaint in our society. Over 18% of adults in America are suffering from anxiety so severe that it interferes with their day-to-day lives.
Symptoms of anxiety are varied and can also include difficulty concentrating or focusing, nausea, feelings of detachment or feeling that things are “unreal”. Sometimes people have panic attacks so severe that they believe they are having a heart attack, dying or “going crazy”. There is often a fear of “losing control” and many people with anxiety seek help from a family physician or even the emergency room.