Anxiety

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Local Resources

If you think you might need help for anxiety:
Talk to your healthcare provider.

For sliding scale counseling services:

Interface Children & Family Services
icfs.org
(805) 485-6114

City Impact
cityimpact.com
(805) 983-3636

Jewish Family Services
jfsvc.org
(805) 641-6565

California Lutheran University Community Counseling Centers
clucounseling.org
Oxnard - (805) 493-3059
Thousand Oaks - (805) 493-3390

Clinicas del Camino Real
clinicas.org
Oxnard, Santa Paula, Simi Valley, Thousand Oaks, Ventura
(805) 647-6353

See more at 211ventura.org/mental-health or call 2-1-1.
Deaf or hard of hearing services:

Tri-County GLAD
tcglad.org
TTY: 805-644-6323
VP: 805-256-1053
Voice: 805-644-6322
Email: info@tcglad.org

For assessment and referral:
Call the VCBH STAR Team at
1-866-998-2243

18 OUT OF 100 PEOPLE

According to the National Institute of Mental Health, anxiety disorders such as PTSD, panic attacks, phobias, and general anxiety disorder affect 18% of people in the U.S. each year, making them the most common mental health problems.

Anxiety becomes an anxiety disorder when overwhelming fear and worry prevent you from being able to live a normal life. Anxiety disorders can affect anyone and may begin at any age.

People with anxiety disorders are unable to control their own disturbing thoughts. They may start to avoid everyday situations that they fear will trigger more stress.

Anyone in Ventura County who has a question about mental health should seek help immediately, the same way you would ask for help when we have any other health question. If ignored and untreated, extreme anxiety can prevent you from being able to participate in daily life.

WORRYING, ANXIETY AND WHEN IT'S TOO MUCH

Everyone experiences worry in some way during daily life. You may feel understandably anxious as a reaction to ordinary urgent situations, for example, if you are running late for work. However, you may also feel anxious when you are worrying about something that may or may not happen, a threat that only exists in your imagination.

SYMPTOMS TO LOOK OUT FOR

Normal anxiety can become a problem when symptoms don't go away and start to interfere with the rest of your life. Signs of anxiety include:

  • Extreme worrying
  • Feelings of fear or dread
  • Trembling
  • Restlessness
  • Muscle tension
  • Rapid heart rate
  • Lightheadedness or dizziness
  • Perspiration
  • Cold hands and feet
  • Shortness of breath
  • Trouble sleeping

If these symptoms last for an extended period of time, you may have an anxiety disorder. Some of these may also be signs of physical problems, so check with your health care provider about that possibility as well.