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Anxiety Disorders Frequently Asked Questions

Anxiety Disorders Frequently Asked QuestionsQ: What is anxiety?

A: Anxiety is a normal emotion of worry or nervousness. An anxiety disorder is excessive worry that causes a person so much distress that it interferes with everyday life. Symptoms of anxiety include worry, unease, tension or fearfulness. Anxiety can be accompanied with physical symptoms such as shortness of breath, chest pain, shaking or upset stomach. Learn more »

Q: How common is anxiety?

A: Anxiety disorders are the most common category of mental disorders in the general population. The estimated lifetime chance of developing an anxiety disorder is almost 28%, and approximately 18% of the U.S. population will develop an anxiety disorder in any one year1.

Q: Will I need to see a specialist in order to get treatment for anxiety?

A: Some people start a discussion about anxiety treatment with their primary care physician, who may be able to help. A treatment specialist for anxiety, a psychiatrist, will be most up to date on the comprehensive treatment options and can discuss which is best for you including medication options and therapy referrals.

Q: How do I locate a specialist?

A: Veterans who are eligible to receive care under the Veterans Choice Program can locate a provider here: www.va.gov/opa/apps/locator/

Please visit www.va.gov/healthbenefits/apps/choice to check your eligibility for the Veterans Choice Program.