Stressful and traumatic events such as domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking can lead to anxiety disorders. However, it is important to understand that if you suffer from an anxiety disorder, you are not alone and there are treatment options. Contact The Shelter to speak to a trained advocate, 800-931-7233. An advocate will be available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and calls are entirely confidential. The National Alliance on Mental Illness has compiled information about anxiety including; what other people say about living with anxiety, types of disorders, what anxiety is not, and tips for tackling anxiety. View this information below, and visit and to learn more.

Over 21 % of American adults, between 18-64, will have an anxiety disorder in a given year.

Types of Anxiety Disorders:

  • Panic disorder
  • Obsessive-compulsive disorder
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder
  • Phobias
  • General anxiety disorder
  • Social anxiety disorder



Anxiety disorders are a group of related conditions, and each with unique symptoms. However, all anxiety disorders have one thing in common: persistent, excessive fear or worry in situations that are not threatening. People can experience one or more of the following symptoms:


Emotional symptoms:

  • Feelings of apprehension or dread
  • Feeling tense and jumpy
  • Restlessness or irritability
  • Anticipating the worst and being watchful for signs of danger

Physical symptoms:

  • Pounding or racing heart and shortness of breath
  • Upset stomach
  • Sweating, tremors and twitches
  • Headaches, fatigue and insomnia
  • Upset stomach, frequent urination or diarrhea

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Richland County has a local NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) Support Group, that provides a safe environment for families and individuals living with a mental illness, call 419-522-6264 to learn more.

Contact The Shelter 800-931-7233 to speak with an advocate

In an emergency dial 9-1-1


1 KESSLER, R. C., PETUKHOVA, M., SAMPSON, N. A., ZASLAVSKY, A. M., & WITTCHEN, H.-U. (2012). Twelve-month and lifetime prevalence and lifetime morbid risk of anxiety and mood disorders in the United States. International Journal of Methods in Psychiatric Research, 21(3), 169–184.  2http://‑‑nal_tables.pdf  3.”NAMI: National Alliance on Mental Illness | NAMI Newsroom.” NAMI: National Alliance on Mental Illness – Mental Health Support, Education and Advocacy. N.p., n.d. Web. 4. Mental Health America. (n.d.) Learn more. Retrieved from:


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