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Anxiety

Medically reviewed by Drugs.com. Last updated on Jun 5, 2024.

What do I need to know about anxiety?

Anxiety is a condition that causes you to feel extremely worried or nervous. The feelings are so strong that they can cause problems with your daily activities or sleep. Anxiety may be triggered by something you fear, or it may happen without a cause. Family or work stress, smoking, caffeine, and alcohol can increase your risk for anxiety. Certain medicines or health conditions can also increase your risk. Anxiety can become a long-term condition if it is not managed or treated.

What are the signs and symptoms of anxiety?

How is anxiety diagnosed?

Tell your healthcare provider when your symptoms began and what triggers them. Tell your provider if anxiety affects your daily activities. Your provider will also ask about your medical history and if you have family members with a similar condition. Tell your provider about your past and current alcohol, nicotine, or drug use. Any of these may worsen anxiety.

How is anxiety treated?

Treatment depends on how severe your symptoms are. The following are common treatments for anxiety:

Treatment options

The following list of medications are related to or used in the treatment of this condition.

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What can I do to manage anxiety?

Wellness Tips

The following resources are available at any time to help you, if needed:

Where can I find more information or support?

Call your local emergency number (911 in the US) if:

When should I call my doctor?

Care Agreement

You have the right to help plan your care. Learn about your health condition and how it may be treated. Discuss treatment options with your healthcare providers to decide what care you want to receive. You always have the right to refuse treatment. The above information is an educational aid only. It is not intended as medical advice for individual conditions or treatments. Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before following any medical regimen to see if it is safe and effective for you.

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Further information

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