Everyone regularly experiences anxiety, from minor concerns such as getting the grocery shopping done on time to the fear of missing a flight. It is not surprising, then, that anxiety disorders are the most common mental health disorders in the United States. However, the commonplace nature of worry in our society can make it difficult to discern everyday concerns from a diagnosable anxiety disorder.
Some indications that you may be experiencing greater than typical levels of worry:
1. You have trouble concentrating on the tasks at hand because you are constantly worrying about what might go wrong, future events and interactions, things on your to-do list, etc.
2. Your worrying is disrupting your sleep. Every night you lay in bed, exhausted, but your mind won’t let you rest.
3. You avoid people and situations that make you nervous. You cancel plans with your friends and rarely go to new places due to fear of negative outcomes.
If any of this sounds like you, or if you have been noticing these characteristics in someone you care about, take the first step to recovery with a free, simple online anxiety screening: http://www.BeckPsychotherapy.com. With the right resources, anxiety is a highly treatable condition.