Is Anxiety Your Friend...

Some anxiety can be good. It can alert you to danger--and give you extra oomph to get out of it. It also can motivate you to get things done, like study hard for an exam or deal with problems at the office. The trouble comes when anxiety makes you feel fearful for no apparent reason, throwing a wrench in your life. You might have chest pains or nightmares, or have a hard time leaving the house. These could be signs of an anxiety disorder, and you should see your primary care doctor. Click through the next slides to learn how to control the dark side of anxiety.

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Medically Reviewed By: Haines, Cynthia MD

Last Annual Review Date: Nov. 28, 2012

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Anxiety costs the United States more than $42 billion every year-that's almost a third of the country's total mental health bill.