Anxiety is a normal reaction to stress and can actually be beneficial in some situations. For some people, however, anxiety can become excessive, and while the person suffering may realize it is excessive they may also have difficulty controlling it and it may negatively affect their day-to-day living. There are a wide variety of anxiety disorders, including post-traumatic stress disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and specific phobias to name a few. Collectively they are among the most common mental disorders experienced by Americans. (NIMH)

Articles from Wellspring:

Good Stress vs. Bad Stress: A New Approach  - Chad Perman, LMFT

Finding Balance in Troubled Times - Chad Perman, LMFT

Online Articles & Resources:

What is an Anxiety Disorder?

Anxiety Screening Quiz
Fill out this brief screening online to help determine if you might need to see a mental health professional for diagnosis or treatment of an anxiety or panic disorder. *This screening is not intended to make a diagnosis or take the place of a professional consultation.

11 Tips to Help Manage Anxiety

Panic Disorder: When Fear Overwhelms

Anxiety, Fears, and Phobias in Kids

Calm/Deep Breathing Exercise for Anxiety & Stress

Anxiety & Depression Association of America

Recommended Reads:

The Anxiety and Phobia Workbook, Edmund Bourne, Ph.D.

Don't Panic: Taking Control of Anxiety Attacks - Reid Wilson, Ph.D.

My Age of Anxiety: Fear, Hope, Dread, and the Search for Peace of Mind, by Scott Stossel


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