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Los Angeles County
Department of Public Health
Maternal, Child, and Adolescent Health Programs
600 S. Commonwealth Ave., 8th Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90005
Tel: (213) 639-6416
FAX: (213) 639-1034

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What is Anxiety?

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What is Anxiety?

Anxiety is feeling nervous. If you are feeling anxious or nervous, you are not alone. When your anxiety gets out of control and stops you from living your life, you might have an anxiety disorder.

Anxiety disorders are described as having reoccurring feelings of intense, unrealistic worry or panic about everyday tasks or events. If you feel like you might have an anxiety disorder, seek help from your health care provider or a mental health care professional like a therapist or a psychologist.

How do I know if I have an anxiety disorder?

There are many types of anxiety disorders with different symptoms. These include Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Panic Disorder, Social Anxiety Disorder, and more. If you are feeling any of the following symptoms for a long time and feel that they are out of your control, seek help from your health care provider.


  • Restlessness or feeling on edge

  • Sudden and intense feelings of fear

  • Avoiding places where other people are

  • Sleeping problems

  • Uncontrolled and irrational worry or fear

  • Getting irritated easily

  • Muscle tension


If you are having suicidal thoughts, call the toll-free National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1.800.273.TALK (8255).


Talk to your health care provider


What can I do?

Talk to your healthcare provider. Your provider can help you manage your anxiety. They will help you create a treatment plan that could include medication to make you feel better.


More Information:

Los Angeles 211

Dial 2-1-1

Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health




  1. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2013). Anxiety. Retrieved from:

  2. National Institute of Mental Health. (2016). Anxiety Disorders. Retrieved from:



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