What is the #1 mental health issue in America? You guessed it. Anxiety! What is worse is that women are twice as likely to be affected. The good news is there is HOPE! I believe in my clients being educated and well informed on what has been troubling to them. So I want you to understand that people tend to use the words anxiety and stress interchangeable but they are indeed different. Stress is a reaction to daily pressures that are happening in the present. For example, Mary just saw on her calendar that her presentation that she has been putting off is today and not tomorrow. She begins to freak out and her hands begin to sweat, she gets hot, and panics. Mary is stressed about something going on right now. 
Anxiety is a perceived threat about something that may happen in the near future. For instance, John found out that he has to give a speech for his new job in two weeks and he is terrified of public speaking. He begins to worry constantly, can’t sleep, and has lost his appetite. Stress and anxiety can have similar physical reactions but the thinking (i.e. present and future concerns) behind the symptoms is different. 
Stopping anxiety is not as simple as someone telling you, “Just stop worrying about it.” If it was that simple no one would have it. There are different types of anxiety issues I want you to understand and I will explain them in a way that your subconscious can understand. 
Anxiety Disorder is persistent and excessive worry about everyday things. Anxiety can take over someone's life where they have no peace. Symptoms can include digestive issues, muscle tension, sleep issues, fatigue, irritable, and restlessness.
Panic Disorder is when someone has sudden and repeated panic attacks and they have no idea of the root cause of it. A panic attack is an intense fear of a threat that causes body sensations. Individuals say they feel as though they are having a heart attack which they are not or feeling like they are going to die. They feel a tightening in their chest, rapid heartbeat, hyperventilate, dizziness, faint, and a since of lost of control.
Agoraphobia usually occurs after someone had one or more panic attacks. They avoid specific places where the attack occurred and may avoid anticipated situations or crowds, such as a concert, closed spaces and they believe they can’t escape. For them it may seem easier for them to stay at home in isolation. 
Social Anxiety is when a person feels fearful of interacting with others which could result in feeling insecure, judged which leads to avoidance. They don’t desire to meet new people, or uncomfortable in social settings, i.e. starting a new job, school, or attending a party. Social anxiety is very common in children and teenagers. In the last four years, I have seen an increase of kids who want to be home-schooled because of the fear of social aspect at school. They may feel more comfortable texting or being on social media. Some have gotten into a habit or pattern of being alone which is not good because isolation can lead to depression.