Beat Stress

What is Anxiety?

Anxiety is a normal reaction to stress. While we all feel anxious from time to time, some feel it more than others. Anxiety can be good and bad. Although many people get anxious about public speaking or test taking, their anxiety may actually motivate them to study or try harder - a good thing.

But anxiety can also be harmful when it becomes excessive, irrational or alters focus.

Different Types of Anxiety Disorders

Different anxiety disorders are named to reflect their specific symptoms.

  • Generalized anxiety. With this common anxiety disorder, a person worries excessively about many things. Someone with generalized anxiety may worry excessively about school, the health or safety of family members, and the future. They may always think of the worst that could happen.Along with the worry and dread, people with generalized anxiety have physical symptoms, such as chest pain, headache, tiredness, tight muscles, stomachaches, or vomiting. Generalized anxiety can lead a person to miss school or avoid social activities. With generalized anxiety, worries can feel like a burden, making life feel overwhelming or out of control.

Different Types of Treatment

Treating extreme anxiety can help improve performance in school and relationships with family and friends. Some of the more common treatments include medication, cognitive behavioral therapy or biofeedback, which provides measures and methods to control anxiety.

You Feel Anxious

Everyone has feelings of anxiety, nervousness, tension, and stress from time to time. Here are 5 ways to help manage them:

You Know Someone With an Anxiety Disorder

One in four teens is affected by an anxiety disorder. If your friend is among them, be supportive by:

Tools to Reduce Anxiety

All of us have daily anxiety. Here are some coping methods to help with the day-to-day stress common to all of us:

Walk With Your Mind; Run With Your Heart

Actor and musician Benjamin Kheng (of The Sam Willows group) talks about overcoming anxiety disorder with a little thing called synesthesia.

The Road Back: A Teens Journey Through Anxiety and Depression

Acadia Hospital, Project AWARE and Maine teens make a powerful statement about youth anxiety and depression.