Recognize and Find Treatment for Anxiety Disorders

"Stressed out," "anxious," and "out of control" are words commonly used to describe life in today's fast-paced world. But more than 23 million Americans with anxiety disorders face much more than just "normal" stress. Instead, their lives are filled with overwhelming anxiety and fear that is chronic and grows worse when left untreated. Tormented by panic attacks, obsessive thoughts, flashbacks, nightmares, or countless frightening physical symptoms, some people with anxiety disorders even become housebound.

Anxiety disorders are chronic illnesses that include panic disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, phobias, and generalized anxiety disorder. Symptoms can begin at any age, but typically start in young adulthood. Recognizing an anxiety disorder is an important step in helping people get treatment.

Treatment Is Available

Though anxiety disorders can be disabling, research supported and conducted by the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), the Federal Government's agency for research on mental illnesses, has provided insight into their causes and made effective treatments available. Treatment may include medication, working with a therapist, or both. Many people experience relief in just weeks or months after starting treatment.

Free Brochure

The National Institute of Mental Health recently launched an Anxiety Disorders Education Program to help people recognize and find treatment for these illnesses. For up-to-date information about anxiety disorders, their proper diagnosis, and treatment options, call the NIMH toll-free information line: 1-888-8-ANXIETY or write: NIMH, Anxiety Disorders Education Program, 5600 Fishers Lane, Room 7C-02, Rockville, MD 20857. NIMH's home page,, offers online information.(NAPSI)

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