Anxiety disorder symptoms, impacts, and treatments

If anxiety occurs frequently or has a significant impact on a person’s well-being, support and treatment are available.

People can speak with a healthcare professional about their symptoms, or they can contact a therapist.

It is also important to speak with a doctor if anxiety is affecting a person’s physical health.

Stress and anxiety trigger the “fight, flight, freeze, or fawn” response, which is the body’s way of preparing for danger. During this response, the body produces stress hormones such as cortisol and noradrenaline.

If a person is frequently anxious, they may have chronically elevated stress hormone levels, which can affect sleep, digestion, hormone health, blood pressure, and more.

With treatment, a person can lower their anxiety levels, improve their quality of life, and alleviate symptoms or health conditions that may worsen due to stress.

Learn about some free and low cost therapy options here.