Worry and Anxiety
Worry is a common emotion that comes up when you feel uncertain about the future.
Occasional worry is a normal part of life.
Many people worry about things such as health, money, or family problems. But usually, the worry goes away.
When worry lasts for 6 months or longer—even in the absence of life changes— and interferes with daily activities, such as job performance, schoolwork, and relationships, it may be an anxiety disorder.
If you’re worrying a lot and the worrying becomes hard to control, you should get help from a professional. This is especially true if you also have any of the physical symptoms below.
Symptoms of anxiety include:
- Feeling restless, agitated, or on edge
- Getting tired easily
- Having trouble concentrating
- Feeling irritable
- Experiencing muscle tension or knots
- Trouble sleeping, including falling or staying asleep
If you have several of these symptoms more days than not for at least 6 months and you have a hard time controlling your worry, you should talk to a health care provider.
This information is not intended to provide a medical diagnosis or suggested treatments for anxiety disorders and cannot take the place of seeing a mental health professional.
- Take five.
Even 5 minutes to take care of yourself can make a difference. Take a deep breath and relax.
- Be Active.
Take a walk, stretch, or do another physical activity that works for you.
- Connect with others.
Reach out to friends, family, neighbors, or your faith community.
- Take a break from the news and social media.
Spending too much time watching or reading news can create feelings of distress.
- Get help from a professional, especially if your worry does not go away.
If you think you have anxiety, a health care provider may help diagnose your symptoms and find the right treatment.
- Make an appointment with a counselor.
- Contact the 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline.
If you or someone you know is struggling or in crisis, help is available. Call or text 988 or chat 988lifeline.org.