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Anxiety

You've always been a nervous person, but with your daughter's wedding coming up in a few months you've become a wreck. You lie in bed late at night thinking about the arrangements-and the bills. Your stomach is always queasy, and you've been popping aspirin for headaches nearly every day. You run around the house taking notes and making phone calls, but sometimes you stop in the middle of the room and can't remember what you were doing.

Today you've spent the past hour crying, because your daughter called and had the nerve to tell you that you're annoying everyone! What could she mean? You're only trying to help.

This chapter covers the following topics:

  • Anxiety
  • How to Cope with Anxiety
  • Anxiolytic Medications
  • Long-Term Treatments Exist for Anxiety

 

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Fifty Signs of Mental Illness: A Guide to Understanding Mental Health
Yale University Press / New Haven and London
Copyright © 2005 by James Whitney Hicks

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