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In our society, anxiety is a common term that is often confused with feelings of worry and stress. This is your body’s reaction to feelings of shame, fear, and/or guilt. Anxiety is not genetic and cannot be inherited. Anxiety is triggered externally by people, places, and things, then is manifested in physical symptoms. Working with a mental health professional (e.g., counselor, therapist, psychologist, psychiatrist, etc.) can help decrease these symptoms. Anxiety that is gone unchecked can result in the development of phobias (e.g., agoraphobia, social phobia, etc.).

Some symptoms of anxiety:
-Racing thoughts
-Increased heart rate
-Breathing faster
-Sweating (i.e., head, hands, or other parts of the body)
-Avoiding specific places or situations (e.g., social or other)

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