Anxiety has a bad reputation. Many of us fear it and take steps to avoid the dreaded sensations that generally accompany it: increased heart rate, sweating, upset stomach, dizziness, and nervousness, all of which lead to a general sense of discomfort. If these symptoms persist for at least six months with feelings of worry and apprehension almost every day, this can be a more serious level of anxiety and is often diagnosed as an anxiety disorder.

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