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Nervousness or Anxiety


You may feel nervous about a situation but proceed anyway, while suffering from anxiety can lead to avoiding specific situations, changes in your routine, or even phobic behaviors. Anxiety is a broader, more persistent state of excessive worry, fear, and apprehension.


Examples of Nervousness or Anxiety

Everyone feels nervous or anxious in certain situations. But occasionally, feeling nervous is not the same as experiencing anxiety. The difference between feeling nervous in certain situations versus experiencing anxiety is the intensity and frequency of the symptoms.

Nervousness is generally considered a mild form of anxiety and is usually associated with a certain event or situation. A certain level is normal in common situations and everyday life. Maybe it’s a big test, worries about paying your bills, or needing to find a new job. Or maybe you’re worried about the state of the world right now, or you might have a nagging feeling that things aren’t right. These are normal, day-to-day feelings — and may be alleviated through better sleep, better eating, more exercise, and engaging in your community.

Anxiety is a more overwhelming feeling often grouped with stress. With anxiety, there’s a consistent, nagging feeling that can impair your day-to-day life. Anxiety can also manifest physically, with the negative effects of restlessness, a racing heart, shortness of breath, trembling, difficulty concentrating, and sleep disturbances. When you feel anxiety persistently, it may be chronic anxiety, and it would help to talk to someone.

Warning Signs

A depressed, sad mood that lasts nearly all day on most days
A loss of interest or pleasure in normal or previously enjoyed activities
Significant weight loss or gain
Inability to sleep or oversleeping most days
Feeling agitated or slowed down
Daily fatigue
Feelings of guilt or worthlessness
Inability or difficulty with thinking, concentrating, and decision-making
Thoughts of death or suicide, potentially with attempted suicide

What To Do Now

Realize that a lot of people feel this way. You’re not alone. You can easily access are resources that can help relieve your anxiety. Go to FindHelp.org now, or call 988.

Anxiety disorders are the most common mental health challenge in Dallas County, with 19.1% of those seeking treatment reporting anxiety as their primary concern.

Your mental health matters.

You’re here. And that’s a great first step on the way to finding better ways to manage your mental health. Because here’s the thing, mental health affects everyone and it changes throughout your life as you experience new challenges and go through trauma, stress, change and everything else this world can throw at you. And it takes a lot of practice, care and help to manage your mental health through it all. That’s why we’re here with the information, resources, tips and people you need — so you don’t have to do it alone. So, let’s keep it going and take the next steps toward better mental health together. What are you dealing with?
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