May is National Mental Health Month. Did you know that a quarter of the adult population and one out of 8 children struggles with anxiety?
By Ilene Federman, LCSW-C, Therapy Services, Jewish Community Services, Baltimore, MD
Remember how it felt speaking in front of a large group, interviewing for a job or handing over the car keys to your 16-year-old driver? These are all examples of normal anxiety.
Anxiety is a part of everyday life and we all experience it. It's a biological reaction—the body's way of telling us that something isn't right. Anxiety keeps us out of harm's way and prepares us to take action in the face of danger. But, if your sense of apprehension and worry becomes overwhelming and persistent, or if it interferes with your regular activities, making it impossible to function, it could mean you’ve moved beyond typical everyday stress responses and have developed an anxiety disorder....Read more