What is it?

Anxiety is your body’s natural response to stress. Everyone can experience anxiety every once in a while. It can happen right before a big presentation, a meeting, an interview or exam. But if you struggle with feelings of anxiety that seem to overwhelm you for a period longer than six months, you could have an anxiety disorder.

Note that it’s possible to have more than one disorder. These can also develop from a medical issue that needs to be fixed. The most common risk factors of anxiety are trauma, illness, stress buildup, personality, other mental health disorders, genetics, and drugs and alcohol abuse.

What are the types and symptoms of anxiety disorder?

  • Social anxiety disorder: extreme fear of being judged by others in social situations
  • Panic disorder: recurring episodes of panic attack (anxiety, stress, overwhelming emotions you cannot control, feeling like you are suffocating)
  • Separation anxiety disorder: fear of being away from home or loved ones
  • Phobia: excessive and irrational fear of a specific object, situation, or activity. A person with phobias may experience sweating, heart palpitations and shaking when they encounter their phobias.
  • Obsessive-compulsive disorder: recurring irrational thoughts that lead you to perform specific, repeated behaviors
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD): anxiety following a traumatic event (physical and sexual abuse, war, loss, accident, etc)

What are the signs of anxiety?

  • Feeling nervous, restless, or tense
  • Having an impending sense of danger, or doom
  • Increased heart rate
  • Breathing rapidly
  • Sweating
  • Trembling
  • Feeling weak or tired
  • Trouble concentrating or thinking about anything other than worrying
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Gastrointestinal problems
  • Having trouble containing your worries
  • Having the urge to avoid things that trigger anxiety

Whichever type of chronic anxiety you have, you can get treatment and help. There is hope!

Treatment – How to get help?

You need to get help when:

You feel like you are worrying too much and it’s interfering with your work or relationships or your life in general
Your fear, worry, or anxiety, is challenging to control and upsetting
You think your anxiety could be linked to a physical condition
You are having suicidal thoughts or behavior.

If you, or your loved one experience the above symptoms, don’t hesitate to contact us. We can guide you to the right support and services.


What to say to a person with anxiety or anxiety disorder:

‘’I am always here if you need to talk.’’

“Would it help if I just sat here with you?”

“Your Fears/Worries/Triggers Are Not Silly”

“I’ve noticed you’ve been anxious a lot lately, and I’m concerned.”

“Are you looking for advice or would you rather I just listen?”

“I love you and I am always here for you, no matter what’s going on.”


What not to say to a person with anxiety or anxiety disorder:

“I know what you mean. I had a panic attack when I saw those rent prices.”

“Why aren’t you seeing a therapist/on medication?”

‘’It’s just a silly fear, get over it.’’

‘’Just stop worrying and you will feel so much better.’’

‘’Don’t be such a drama queen.’’

‘’It’s nothing serious, if I can do this, so can you.’’


Substance Abuse and Mental Health info

At SAMHA, we are here to listen to you, to guide you, and to advocate for you.