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Test Your Anxiety Knowledge

If you feel anxious all the time for no reason, you should think about talking with your health care provider.

The correct answer is true. Excessive worry may be a sign of an anxiety disorder. You may have an anxiety disorder if you can't control your worry about everyday problems such as work, relationships, money, or health. Talk with your doctor, if worry interferes with your job, home life, or activities you enjoy.

Anxiety can also cause physical symptoms.

The correct answer is true. Along with constant worry, your muscles may feel tense, or you may have headaches and stomach problems such as nausea and diarrhea. Your doctor may do tests to see whether other medical problems could be causing these symptoms.

A panic attack can cause:

The correct answer is all of the above. Panic attacks are sudden bouts of terror that peak within 20 minutes. They can be so intense that you live in fear of the next one, and you may avoid things you think may trigger another attack. This can cause you to change how you live your life, so it's best to get help soon.

A panic attack may seem like a heart attack.

The correct answer is true. A panic attack can cause chest pain, a racing heart, and shortness of breath. Many people with this condition first seek treatment in the emergency room, because the panic attack feels like a heart attack.

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a type of anxiety disorder.

The correct answer is true. Post-traumatic stress disorder is a type of anxiety disorder. It can occur after you've experienced a traumatic event involving injury or death. It can cause repeated nightmares, feelings of detachment, flashbacks, and feeling hyperaware of your surroundings, along with other anxiety symptoms.

PTSD only happens to war veterans.

The correct answer is false. While it does occur in some vets, PTSD can occur in anyone who has experienced trauma. PTSD changes the body's response to stress. No one knows why some people develop PTSD and others don't. See your doctor right away if you think you have PTSD. Early treatment has the best chance of success.

PTSD may occur after:

The correct answer is all of the above. Most people will feel some anxiety right after these types of events. With PTSD, symptoms continue for at least 30 days. But don't wait to seek help. Call your doctor right away if you feel out of control, feel like hurting yourself or others, or have other symptoms of PTSD such as those in question 5.

Feeling driven to do the same action over and over to relieve anxiety may be a sign of:

The correct answer is obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). People with OCD have unwanted and repeated thoughts or behaviors. This may include counting constantly or washing your hands over and over. Treatment can help, so tell your doctor if your symptoms interfere with daily life, work, or relationships.

Social phobia is just another term for shyness.

The correct answer is false. People with social phobia have an intense fear of being judged. They may avoid going to parties, meeting new people, or speaking in public. They can worry for days or weeks about an upcoming event. This fear may interfere with ordinary activities and can make it hard to make and keep friends.

Antidepressants can help treat anxiety disorders.

The correct answer is true. Antidepressants can help treat many types of anxiety problems. Other medicines also may help. Your doctor can determine which treatment is best for you.

Medicine is the only effective treatment for anxiety disorders.

The correct answer is false. A type of talk therapy called cognitive-behavioral therapy can help you change thoughts or behaviors that cause anxiety. You may also learn new ways to react to symptoms of anxiety. Support groups may be helpful for some types of anxiety. Exercise, rest, and eating healthy can also help you feel better.

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