What is Anxiety?

Intense, excessive, and persistent worry and fear about everyday situations. Fast heart rate, rapid breathing, sweating, and tiredness may occur.

Common Causes

Anxiety can be normal in stressful situations such as public speaking or test-taking. Anxiety is only an indicator of underlying disease when feelings become excessive, all-consuming, and interfere with daily living.


Physical activity, a healthy diet, regular sleep, and relaxation exercises may all help reduce anxiety. Joining a support group may also help. To manage symptoms effectively, avoiding caffeine, alcohol, and nicotine is best.

Seeking medical care

See a doctor immediately if you:

  • Are thinking about suicide
  • Can’t work or complete activities of daily living

Make an appointment to see a doctor if you

  • Can’t work or maintain relationships
  • Abuse of alcohol or other substances
  • Feel sad and slowed down