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Anxiety is a condition marked by chronic, excessive worry and irrational fears. You may realize that your worry is unnecessary, but you are unable to remove these concerns and you keep thinking about them. This sets up a mental worry loop that manifests in physical ways, such as headaches, muscle tension and an inability to relax.

If the worry cycle goes on for too long, you may develop more intense physical ailments or more serious forms of anxiety, including panic disorder or obsessive-compulsive disorder. Depression often goes along with anxiety. Your anxiety could prevent you from avoiding activities that make you feel distressed. Avoiding life can become debilitating.

There are many different manifestations of anxiety:

  • Generalized anxiety disorder is characterized by excessive worry or phobias.
  • Panic disorder is marked by frequent panic attacks. These can be likened to emotional seizures that may make you feel as if you are having a heart attack.
  • Obsessive-compulsive disorder is a form of anxiety where you perform a ritual behavior, like washing your hands, repeatedly and unnecessarily.
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder is when you suffer from continued anxiety, such as hypervigiliance and nightmares, after a traumatic event.

Anxiety affects about 40 million American adults, or 18 percent, every year, according to the National Institutes of Health. About 18 percent of teens between 13 and 18 have an anxiety disorder, too. Their symptoms tend to appear around age 6.

At Indiana University Health, we work with you to manage and overcome this long-term genetic condition. As anxiety grows, your world can shrink. We empower you to decrease the frequency of your symptoms so that you can manage your anxiety, rather than the anxiety managing you. This lets you live a full life.

The greatest tool in managing your chronic anxiety or anxiety disorder is your brain. Our experts teach you how to manage your thoughts and symptoms from generalized anxiety to prevent full-blown anxiety attacks and to reduce their frequency.

We provide psychiatric and psychological counseling, medication management when clinically indicated and outpatient therapies to manage your symptoms. We also offer full and partial hospitalization for inpatient care, as well as intensive outpatient care for those who need it. Our goal is to educate you so that you can manage and overcome your symptoms to live your best life.

Our affiliation with IU School of Medicine Department of Psychiatry offers access to adult, child and adolescent clinics for the treatment of anxiety. Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health also offers a clinic for anxiety and obsessive-compulsive disorders.

At IU Health, our professionals work to understand the neural pathways in the brain involved in fear and anxiety, thanks to our affiliation with the Institute of Psychiatric Research at the Indiana University School of Medicine.

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Often the most effective treatment for anxiety disorders is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy combined with medication. At IU Health Behavioral Health, our psychiatrists and therapists collaborate on a multidisciplinary treatment plan specific to your individual symptoms.

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