What is Anxiety?
Most people have feelings of anxiety at times of excitement or stress, such as before a big event, an important due date or a social engagement. These feelings of anxiety come from the brain’s production of flight or fight chemicals, such as adrenaline, that in our ancestors were produced during survival situations. In our relatively safe modern society, they are produced in response to less urgent triggers — but for most people, they come and go in response to particular, contained situations.
Anxiety disorders occur when the brain produces these feelings at times when there is no reason to do so. Disordered anxiety is characterized by chronic feelings of fear or worry that are not focused on any one object or situation. Those suffering from this mood disorder experience persistent, excessive and unrealistic anxiety about everyday matters. It can interfere with schooling, careers, relationships, and everyday activities. Recent surveys have found that as many as 18% of Americans may be affected by an anxiety disorder. Psychology Today says that one out of 75 Americans between the ages of 18 and 64 will experience a panic disorder at least once in their lifetime.
Specialized treatment is available to help people get these unwanted feelings under control and live life without the barrier of anxiety. Recovery Ways provides anxiety treatment in Salt Lake City, Utah, as part of our treatment programs for co-occurring mental health and substance abuse concerns.