Anxiety is at once an everyday part of a normal life, as well as a potentially debilitating condition. General Anxiety Disorder (GAD) plagues a great number of Americans. about 5% of people in the U.S. will have GAD at some point during their lifetime. Nearly twice as many women as men are affected by this condition.
Anxiety is clinically significant when it causes significant distress or impairment in social, occupational or other important areas of functioning. In other words, anxiety is problematic when it impacts your functioning at work or your activities of daily living. Anxiety disorders can be specific, as in the “phobias” (i.e., claustrophobia, agoraphobia), they can result from specific traumatic events (as in Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, or PTSD) or they can be generalized (such as in General Anxiety Disorder (GAD), where a person worry excessively about life circumstances such as relationships, finances, job performance or social acceptance. Central, however, to all of these conditions is the idea that a person’s ability to function is impaired.
IMHO, that is when you should seek professional advice. I did very quickly as I realized I was unhappy and crying alot.
Other opinions and sugestions, please remember we are not professionals but a support group. Hugs to all.
Kitt, Moderator: Anxiety ~ Panic ~ Crohn's
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