Here are URLs for some WWW pages covering Anxiety
Internet Mental Health
site has a wealth of information on anxiety as well as other psychiatric
The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) provide a very detailed
discussion of anxiety, symptoms, treatment etc. . Here is a taster..
Everybody knows what it's like to feel anxious-the butterflies in your
stomach before a first date, the tension you feel when your boss is angry, the
way your heart pounds if you're in danger. Anxiety rouses you to action. It
gears you up to face a threatening situation. It makes you study harder for
that exam, and keeps you on your toes when you're making a speech. In general,
it helps you cope.
But if you have an anxiety disorder, this normally helpful emotion can do just
the opposite--it can keep you from coping and can disrupt your daily life.
Anxiety disorders aren't just a case of "nerves." They are illnesses, often
related to the biological makeup and life experiences of the individual, and
they frequently run in families. There are several types of anxiety disorders,
each with its own distinct features.
The Panic-Anxiety Page
It is estimated that between 5% and 15% of the population will suffer from an
anxiety-related disorder at some point in their lives. The good news is that
anxiety disorders are among the most treatable of all psychological conditions.
'When everyday worrying gets out of control
' by M. Patricia Solbach, PhD is a useful picture of what it feels like to be
anxious. Here is a taster ....
If your friends or relatives call you a "worrywart," it may be affecting more
than your relationships. Worrying all the time can also affect your health. It
doesn't matter if your worries are personal or global in scope.
What was known by early physicians as "internal restlessness" is called
"generalized anxiety disorder" (GAD) today. Possibly 3 percent of our
population (roughly seven million people) suffers from such anxiety. It appears
to be more common in women than men, with a ratio of 3.5 females to every male.
Treatment for Anxiety Disorders
: Many people with anxiety disorders can be helped with treatment. Therapy
for anxiety disorders often involves medication or specific forms of
Pets can display anxiety:
is diagnosed in around 10% of the behavior cases referred to Canines of
America by veterinarians in the New York City area. When left alone, most dogs
find a familiar spot and go to sleep. However, a dog suffering from separation
anxiety will become extremely anxious. Not understanding where you or your
family has gone or if you will ever return, the dog exhibits behavior which may
include chewing, barking, salivating, urinating, defecating, vomiting or escape
behavior, such as chewing through walls, scratching through doors, busting out
of cages or digging under fences if left outdoors. In some cases, the dog
simply gets sick, perhaps due to some form of depression.