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We all worry or feel anxious from time to time. You may feel anxious about an important briefing to your commander or preparing to leave your family and daily routine for a deployment. Anxiety is an emotion experienced when anticipating something threatening or dangerous that might happen in the future. It is usually accompanied by physical feelings of tension and worried thoughts. Occasional anxiety is common. However, if your anxiety interferes with daily activities or is affecting your relationships, check in with your health care provider. Managing your anxiety helps keep you mission ready.
Anxiety disorders differ from one another in terms of the type of situations that cause the individual to feel anxious, as well as the associated behaviors and thoughts. There are several types of anxiety disorders, including generalized anxiety disorder and panic disorder.
Signs of anxiety disorders can include:
Working with a licensed provider can help you more effectively manage your anxiety symptoms. In addition to other forms of treatment, your provider may recommend that you practice the following simple lifestyle changes:
Reaching out can help you stay mission ready and improve your relationships. Call the Psychological Health Resource Center at 866-966-1020 to speak with a trained health resource consultant or use the live chat. If you or someone you know is in crisis, call the Military Crisis Line at 800-273-TALK (8255), service members press 1.
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