Statistics on people in the USA who experience anxiety disorders has been estimated at 40 million by many reputable medical websites. When you add-in the number of people suffering depression, which is estimated at 17.5 million, with 9.2 million suffering from major (severe) Clinical Depression, we can see that possibly more than 60 million Americans suffer from emotional problems and anxiety is often comorbid to depression (experienced together). For many of those who experience emotional disorders, their illnesses are idiopathic (unknown cause) but for others, there has been a traumatic or ongoing stress-inducing problem that eventually causes them a clinical emotional problem.

Symptoms of Anxiety can include:

• Feeling very edgy and uneasy, even when things are going well in one’s life
• Sudden strong feelings of impending doom or tragedy
• Cold sweats when feeling anxious
• Having difficulty falling asleep at bedtime and when attempting naps
• Tremors and trembling felt throughout the body
• Dread of having to face people and social settings
• Sudden urges to urinate and/or defecate
• Fear of things that you were was once, comfortable with

Symptoms of Depression can include:

• Feelings of extreme sadness even with life events shouldn’t be causing sad emotions
• Feeling empty and disconnected (depersonalization and derealization)
• Having angry emotion and at times, lashing-out (usually without violence to others)
• With severe depression, contemplating hurt to one’s self, including suicidal thoughts
• Losing interest in things that once brought pleasure
• Difficulty concentrating and feeling mentally foggy (brain fog)
• Hurting one’s self physically to divert momentarily from extreme sadness (e.g. cutting)

When your emotions are hindering you in life, this means they have reached the “Emotional Disorder” level. While Depression has only two major disorder categories, being Clinical Depression and Bi-polar Depressive Disorder (much lower percent), anxiety has more categories. Anxiety disorders can include Social Phobia, Panic Disorder, Generalized Anxiety Disorder, dissociative Anxiety Disorder, Separation Anxiety Disorder (SAD), Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Performance Anxiety and Agoraphobia (fear of leaving one's home). The anxiety problem-list goes on and there are other sub-categories of depression as well.

If your anxiety and/or depressive problems become overwhelming and you are unable to develop satisfactorily successful coping skills with phycological counseling, there are medications that can also be prescribed to help. Some patients need trials of different medications, before finding the one(s) that don’t cause unacceptable side-effects and that control emotional symptoms satisfactorily.

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In 2003 I was diagnosed with hypothyroidism; "Hashimoto's thyroiditis" being the cause. This autoimmune form of thyroid disease that causes destruction of the thyroid gland resulted in my also developing "Chronic Fatigue Syndrome", due to a compromised immune system with severe co-morbid "Adrenal Fatigue". I also suffered severe anxiety symptoms, including panic attacks early into the onset of Hashimoto's thyroiditis (Hashitoxicosis). A common heart murmur I was diagnosed with in my teens called "Mitral Valve Prolapse", also worsened in severity of symptoms, with the development of these other health disorders. My eventual receiving of a diagnosis was a difficult process with proper diagnostic testing not being ordered by the first doctors I sought treatment from. These types of issues were inspiration for me to become proactive in my own health care and to self-educate myself on these health disorders, which I have done extensively since 2003. I now enjoy sharing this information with other patients experiencing my same health disorders.