NYTimes: Combat Your Anxiety, One Step at a Time

Combat Your Anxiety, One Step at a Time https://nyti.ms/2Djg4WA

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if you feel anxiety while watching the news, you probably don’t need to do anything about that (except maybe turn off the TV, go for a walk or take some deep breaths). But if your anxiety is interfering with your concentration, ability to focus or sleep — and, according to the DSM-5, if you have worry for more days than not for at least six months — that points to a disorder and you should seek a professional diagnostic assessment. But, Dr. Simon said, “For anyone who has some nervousness, anxiety or stress, there are many coping strategies you can try on your own.”

She added that, even at extreme levels, “anxiety is uncomfortable but generally does not result in death.” (Even if it doesn’t feel like that at the time.)

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