Coping With Anxiety In Uncertain Times


By: Jon Henshaw, M.A.

Many of us have been feeling a little more anxious since the events that began on September 11th. It's normal to experience increased feelings of anxiety, especially after traumatic events like the recent terrorist attacks and anthrax scares.

Most people experience anxiety as a fear of the unknown and an uncertainty about the future. It often affects our behavior, thoughts, feelings and physical well being. Some symptoms of anxiety include:

It's important that we take steps to help overcome our anxiety so it doesn't begin to impair our daily living. Here are a few tips for coping with and overcoming anxiety:

Sometimes no matter what we do, we cannot seem to get rid of our anxious feelings. When that happens, anxiety begins to affect our work and home life, and can sometimes lead to panic attacks. Severe anxiety problems can be treated though. Treatments may include a combination of the following: individual counseling, family counseling, and medical treatment.

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