Worrying is a natural part of adulthood, because we constantly make choices that have lasting impacts on our future. Unfortunately, this worrying may resemble chronic anxiety, and while many adults will experience anxiety in their lifetime, treatment is too often discouraged and avoided.

When worry becomes anxiety

The unfortunate stigmas attached to mental health issues continue to prevent people from seeking treatment, but mental illness should not be ignored. When considering treatment for your anxiety, it’s important to understand the line where worrying becomes anxiety.

If you experience chills, shortness of breath and are consumed with feelings of dread, these are signs of a panic disorder often caused by anxiety. In addition to these direct symptoms, you may also experience stomach problems, constipation, diarrhea and in extreme cases, tightness in the chest similar to a heart condition.

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