Anxiety Check

According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, “anxiety is the most common mental illness in the United States. It affects 40 million people, but only about 37 percent of those affected receive treatment.” That was before the pandemic. What’s uncommon now is having no anxiety!

How do you know when anxiety warrants a telemed chat with your doctor? Check out the list of symptoms below. One, two, or a few signal the need to add time for self-care to your week. If one or two are chronic and/or daily, make the call. If you experience all ten, be sure to get support and care from your doctor or therapist.

Worrying about anything and everything

Sleep disturbances, nightmares, insomnia

Aches and pains from tight or cramped muscles

Constant exhaustion midday

Panic about real or anticipated problems

Heart palpitations, sweats

Inability to unwind and relax, even on weekends or holidays

Restlessness, overthinking

Sense of being cornered or trapped in circumstances

Chronic fear or new fearful behaviors.

Anxiety in Children

Children often have a harder time expressing their anxious state, so their anxiety may show up as a change in behavior. Here’s a helpful infographic on how kids’ anxiety can look like something else. It’s good to keep in mind that these may also apply to adults in your life — or to yourself — if, under dire strain, the go-to coping mechanism dates back to childhood.


FOOTNOTES

Executive summary of Lindsay Miller’s article If You Have These 10 Symptoms, You’re Probably Suffering From Anxiety in Family Today © 2020. Graphics from Gozen.com and Renee Jain’s Eight Ways a Child’s Anxiety Can Show Up as Something Else. The Mighty. October 16, 2018. Accessed 9/30/20.

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