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Anxiety Disorders – EAP is here to help.

Date: August 3, 2018

EAP / Professional Standards Committee

Occasional anxiety is a normal part of life. You might feel anxious when faced with a problem at work, before undertaking an important task, or making an important decision. But anxiety disorders involve more than temporary worry or fear. For a person with an anxiety disorder, the anxiety does not go away and can get worse over time. The feelings can interfere with daily activities ultimately affecting job performance or relationships. There are several different types of anxiety disorders. Panic disorder and social anxiety disorder are two examples of anxiety disorders. 

Evaluation for an anxiety disorder often begins with a visit to a primary care provider. Some physical health conditions, such as an overactive thyroid or low blood sugar, as well as taking certain medications, can imitate or worsen an anxiety disorder. A thorough mental health evaluation is also helpful, because anxiety disorders often co-exist with other related conditions, such as depression or obsessive-compulsive disorder. 

Your AFA EAP / Professional Standards Committee has provided additional information concerning anxiety disorders which is published on their committee page on our website, unitedafa.org. In addition, these peer professional are available to assist any of us as the need arises. Contact your Local Council AFA EAP representatives for additional information. Referral assistance is also available at 800-424-2406.

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