What do people with anxiety disorders feel?

Kathy Sowder
Those who have anxiety disorders worry and often obsess about everyday situations and decisions, feel tense and on edge, often have difficulty breathing, feel restless, and have difficulty relaxing and concentrating. They feel tired and worn out, and may have difficulty sleeping because their "mind won`t quit". Many times anxious people find themselves imagining the "worst case scenarios" and feel unable to stop themselves, even though they realize their fears are unlikely to occur. Most people feel anxiety at times, but those with anxiety disorders have more intense and frequent symptoms which are more likely to interfere with their activities and abilities to enjoy what they do.

People with anxiety disorders feel extremely fearful and unsure. Most people feel anxious about something for a short time now and again, but people with anxiety disorders feel this way most of the time. Their fears and worries make it hard for them to do everyday tasks. About 18% of American adults have anxiety disorders. Children also may have them.

Treatment is available for people with anxiety disorders. Researchers are also looking for new treatments that will help relieve symptoms.

This answer is based on source information from National Institute of Mental Health.

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