High Anxiety - Monday

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If you are anxious you're not alone, millions of people suffer from anxiety disorders. So much that doctors say it's the most common of all the mental health disorders.

In the beginning of a special series called "High Anxiety" we take a look at ways of dealing with the common problem.

The list of anxiety symptoms can be extreme. A heart rate increase, you sweat, and feel terrible.

Doctor Tim Caughlin says, "Anxiety can be anything from irritability, crankiness, to an outright panic attack. When you have a fight or flight response and you feel like you may die."

Those feelings can spark from anything from normal day at work to dealing with mundane tasks. Doctors say anxiety is a part of your everyday life, even doing extreme things like jumping off the Ultimate Rush. Anxiety is not always a bad thing, it's how you cope. And experts say coping is the secret.

Psychotherapist Tom Lavin says," The healthy ways of dealing, like exercising, journaling, meditating, decreasing caffeine, decreasing sugar, and being involved in social relationships."

A recent study finds that almost half of all Americans will have a mental disorder at some point in their lifetime. This means that those of us with anxiety, mood, or substance abuse disorders will find that their illness can keep them from work and disrupt their home life.

Researchers also find that less than half of those people with identified problems actually received some kind of treatment.

If you believe you are suffering from an anxiety disorder consult a psychologist, psychiatrist, counselor or even your family doctor if you have a close relationship.

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