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We all feel occasional anxiety. It is a normal part of life. We might feel anxious when faced with a problem at work, before taking a test, or making an important decision. Not all states of arousal, though, are anxiety. Think of the athlete before a competition: some arousal is desirable, useful and expected.
Every year, 3.1% of the population will experience anxiety. Over a lifetime, it will be 15%
In any given year, over 3% of Americans experience an anxiety episode and up to 15 % of people in the United States have anxiety disorders at some time during their lifetime.
The most common anxiety-producing self-talk is the what-if question
Panic disorder, another type of anxiety disorder, involves unexpected panic attacks, which are sudden periods of intense fear that may include shaking, pounding heart, or accelerated heart rate; sweating; trembling or shaking; sensations of shortness of breath, smothering, or choking; and feeling of impending doom.
This type, sometimes called “social phobia”, is characterized by a marked fear of social or performance situations in which people expect to feel embarrassed, judged, rejected, or fearful of offending others. This will often lead to the avoidance of such situations: avoiding to go shopping at certain busy times or certain places (for fear of being in a crowded space rather than avoiding busy times because it’s more time consuming).
Other anxiety disorders are fears of specific things. These phobias may be of animals (e.g., spiders, mice), of germs, of heights, flying the dark, tight spaces, etc. Often these phobias were triggered by experiencing a frightful situation.
Anxiety Disorders are very amenable to treatment. Treatment usually consists of a combination of relaxation strategies and cognitive behavioral therapies (CBT) designed to reduce the emotional reaction and learn to replace the anxiety producing thoughts with more rational and realistic thoughts. Often, medication is also prescribed.
EAP consultants can help by teaching relaxation strategies and CBT techniques. Contact the EAP for more information and to schedule an appointment.
You have come to the right place! Whether you are an individual seeking help or a company in need of an EAP, we have what you are looking for:
Solution Resources EAP 509-535-4074