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Anxiety Disorders

Anxiety is a common disorder with comorbidity to addiction problems

More than 28 million Americans suffer from an
anxiety disorder each year. These individuals may experience
spontaneous panic attacks, find themselves endlessly checking or
rechecking their actions, or experience constant, unrealistic
worry about everyday occurrences and activities. These are
symptoms of anxiety disorders, mental illnesses characterized by
fear and anxiety that appear for no apparent reason, inexplicably
reaching overwhelming levels, dramatically reducing or
eliminating the ability of the person to function.

Anxiety disorders include – Panic Disorder,
Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Social Phobia, Obsessive Compulsive
Disorder and Post-traumatic Stress Disorder.

Do you suffer from any of
the following?

  • Unexpected anxiety attacks
  • Persistent, senseless worrying
  • Feeling very uncomfortable in social
    situations
  • Feeling keyed up or tense
  • Unexplained heart racing
  • Obsessions or compulsions
  • Sleeplessness
  • Phobias
  • Problems with concentration

If you responded yes to any of the above, you
may be experiencing symptoms of an anxiety disorder, America’s
most common mental health problem.

More information is available from the
American Psychiatric Association, American
Psychological Association
, Anxiety
Disorders Association of America
, Freedom From Fear, the National Institute of Mental
Health
, the National Mental Health Association and the
Obsessive Compulsive Foundation.

Depression

National Depression Screening Day, held each
year during Mental Health Awareness Week, was developed by a
Harvard psychiatrist, Dr. Douglas Jacobs. Last year, more than
80,000 people attended screenings at 2,400 sites nationwide.
National Depression Screening Day inaugurated the concept of
screening for a mental illness when it began in 1990.

Depression strikes more than 17 million
Americans each year, according to figures from the National
Institute of Mental Health. Fewer than half of them, however,
actually seek treatment even though treatment can help 80 percent
of those affected. Common symptoms of depression include:

  • Feelings of hopelessness
  • Feelings of worthlessness
  • Restlessness and irritability
  • Changes in sleep (increase or decrease)
  • Changes in appetite
  • Loss of energy
  • Loss of ability to experience pleasure
  • Loss of interest in sexual relationship
  • Thoughts of death or suicide

"We hope that this nationwide effort to
provide mental health screening for depression will educate the
public about the signs and symptoms of depression and encourage
those who may be vulnerable to seek evaluation and
treatment," said National Depression Screening Day Project
Director, Dr. Douglas Jacobs.

National Depression Screening Day is
sponsored on the national level by the American Psychiatric
Association, American
Psychological Association
,Harvard Medical School
Department of Psychiatry, the National Institute of Mental
Health
, the National Mental Health Association, National
Alliance for the Mentally Ill, AARP, McLean Hospital,
National Depressive and Manic-Depressive Association,
American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, American
Association of General Hospital Psychiatrists, American
Association of Suicidiology, American College Health
Association, American Hospital Association Section for
Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Services, American
Psychiatric Foundation, Association for University and
College Counseling Center Directors, Charter Medical
Corporation, Employee Assistance Professionals Association,
National Association of Psychiatric Health Systems, and the
Wellness Councils of America. The program is also supported
in part by an educational grant from Eli Lilly and Company.

Adapted from "National Anxiety Disorders Screening
Day" Copyright © Carol Lindemann 
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