Candace Good, MD answers common questions about anxiety.
Learn common causes, treatments, and how mindfulness can help.
Anxiety is a feeling of worry, apprehension, or fear in response to stress. These reactions can be healthy, but when they become extreme, interfere with your life, or last longer than six months, they can indicate other problems, like anxiety disorders.
Anxiety disorders affect roughly 40 million American adults and 25% of children between 13 and 18 years of age.
Approximately 31.1% of American adults and 31.9% of adolescents will experience an anxiety disorder. While they can affect you at any age, anxiety disorders are usually more common in women than men and develop before 21 years of age.
The symptoms of an anxiety disorder can vary from person to person and depend on the specific disorder, but the most common emotional and physical symptoms include:
Anxiety disorders are typically due to genetic and environmental factors. These types of conditions are generally seen in families and often associated with traumatic events, like chronic illness, violence, abuse, or death.
Some anxiety disorder symptoms can be triggered by underlying medical conditions, such as thyroid problems, heart disease, diabetes, or chronic pain.
Dr. Good brings her personal experience with mindfulness to her mind-body wellness workshops. She shares how breathing, meditation, and the conscious movement of yoga help her cope with perfectionism and obsessive thoughts.
Dr. Good's programs help you better understand the role mindfulness can play in stress reduction and improving your overall mental health.