Everyone feels anxious now and then. You may worry about a big job interview, for example, or fret about paying your bills on time. But anxiety can be a problem if it gets out of control. Constant worrying can make it difficult to eat, sleep or enjoy life.
When you feel anxious, your body releases chemicals that prepare you to react to a threat, real or imagined. This is called a fight-or-flight response. Some people know what causes their anxiety: work deadlines, family problems, airplane travel and the like. Others experience free-floating anxiety--being anxious but not knowing why. And still others have anxiety attacks, when a surge of symptoms occurs.
Some common symptoms of anxiety are fear, muscle tension or pain, restlessness, fast breathing, shaking or trembling, loss of energy, sweating, chest pain and dry mouth.
Most health insurance plans cover anxiety disorders. See your doctor, who can evaluate various treatments. Your doctor might suggest counseling, medications or both.