In light of continued progress and improved COVID-19 metrics reported by the NCDHHS, we are now providing patients with the opportunity to be seen face to face. The option for virtual services remains; however, initial and annual assessments must be provided in the clinic. Please note, face covering are required for all in-clinic services and CDC guidelines must be adhered.
Anxiety is a natural emotion that all humans experience throughout their life. This sometimes makes it hard for people to understand that there is a difference between “normal” anxiety and an actual anxiety disorder. Most people will feel nervous before a big presentation or worry about a problem at work or within a relationship and these things may create a feeling of anxiety that passes in little to no time at all. For someone that has an anxiety disorder though, these feelings can become disabling and make everyday tasks impossible for a variety of reasons. So how do you know if your anxiety is considered normal or if you have a disorder that you need to seek professional help for?
Anxiety disorders are the most common mental illness in the United States. Approximately 40 million people over the age of 18 are affected by an anxiety disorder. That’s 18% of our population. It’s important to understand that there are a few types of disorders that live under this umbrella of anxiety. Each of them have different triggers and reactions, which varies with each individual as well.
While there are many different types of anxiety disorders, many times the symptoms are very much the same.
The good news is that anxiety disorders are highly treatable with professional help. Only about one-third of people suffering from anxiety disorders will actually seek the help they need. This is why it is so important to educate our communities about mental illnesses in general and that they affect millions of individuals. If you are affected by any type of anxiety disorder, please know that you are not alone. Seek help as soon as you realize that anxiety is affecting your decision making as well as your overall happiness. Anxiety can be consuming and exhausting. With professional care using therapy, medication or a combination of both you have the power to learn to control your anxiety and let it stop controlling you.
If you or someone you love suffers from an anxiety disorder and needs help, please visit us online to learn more about Port Health or give us a call at one of our office locations. We offer a variety of both outpatient and inpatient services that can help get you back on the road to wellness.