Anxiety is being worried or nervous. Anxiety is often normal. For example, many people are anxious when they're having money problems, trouble at work, or family difficulties. However, if you're anxious a lot of the time even when you aren't having problems or the problems aren't bad, then you have an anxiety disorder.
There are many types of anxiety disorders. If you're anxious about only one particular thing, such as being in a crowd, you may have a phobia. If most of the time you don't feel anxious but sometimes suddenly become panicked, you may have a panic disorder.
Generalized anxiety disorder is when you're anxious or worried about a number of different things.
If you have generalized anxiety disorder, you:
You also have at least 3 of these symptoms:
Your symptoms usually get worse when you're actually having problems.
Doctors treat generalized anxiety disorder with medicines and therapy sessions.
Medicines may include:
A therapy called cognitive-behavioral therapy can help you learn to:
Your doctor may also recommend mind-body techniques such as: