© Margaret L. Cunningham, PhD 2002
Anxiety can be of long or short
duration. Its onset can be sudden
or it can slide in more quietly.
Positive as well as negative events can trigger anxiety.
Regardless the cause, regardless the duration,  if you are feeling
Many people don't know they
depression, but few fail to
recognize anxiety: clammy
hands, dry mouth, pounding
heart, knots in the pit of the
stomach- these are some of the
physical symptoms of anxiety.
As a diagnostic category, Anxiety
Disorders is quite large. It includes panic
attacks, phobias, post-traumatic stress
syndrome, and generalized anxiety.
Depending on severity, some are best treated
with medicines. Others respond to therapy,
and still others are treated with a combination
of pharmacological agents and
Even daily, run-of–the-mill anxiety can be as crippling as depression. It can
interfere with daily activities and enjoyment of life. It can cause physical problems.
(And, it can be caused by physical problems.)
"What fears you endured, from evils that never arrived."
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Last updated February 17, 2014