What is anxiety?

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What is anxiety?

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

Common causes of this symptom

Anxiety can be normal in stressful situations such as public speaking or taking a test. 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 to reduce anxiety. Joining a support group may also help. To manage symptoms effectively, it’s best to avoid caffeine, alcohol and nicotine.

Seeking medical care

Make an appointment to see doctor if you

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

See a doctor immediately if you

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

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