Anxiety is one of the most debilitating of conditions I treat. Anxiety can be as mild as an irrational fear of the dark to crippling panic attacks to the extreme fear of going places and interacting with others.

There are several effective approaches to the treatment of anxiety. Don’t despair that you’re just stuck with it or nothing seems to help. Often, the disorder is passed through the generations among family members. Different generations find their own way or coping with the disorder. The generation that preceded the “Baby Boomers” were expected to tough it out and, for the most part, they did; they had few other choices. The collateral damage that was the fallout of having no alternatives is understood more now than ever before. You are not expected to just endure and get better at hiding it.

Anxiety can be a condition existing either due to an event or without a precipitating event. The former is discussed under the condition known as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), known after World War I and II as “shell shock.”