ABSTRACT: Anxiety disorders are the most common mental illness in the United States, affecting 18% or more of adults. Anxiety is a natural response to stress and danger but becomes pathological when excessive and uncontrollable. This article discusses symptoms, risk factors, neurobiology and pathophysiology, psychotherapies and medications used in treatment, nursing interventions, and biblical Christian understanding and support for managing anxiety.
Anxiety is a normal response to stress and danger but it can become excessive and uncontrollable for some people. Learn in depth about pathophysiology and treatment of anxiety, including nursing and Christian perspectives that can help.
Debra Walker, DNP, RN, FNP-BC, is an Assistant Professor of Nursing at Midwestern State University (MSU) and Graduate Coordinator for the Wilson School of Nursing at MSU. Debra is the owner of Quality Express Clinic, where she practices as a Family Nurse Practitioner.
Jane Leach, PhD, RNC, IBCLC, is Assistant Professor of Nursing at Midwestern State University (MSU), and teaches in the graduate program. Jane serves as faculty advisor for Nurses Christian Fellowship called Nurses 4 Christ on the MSU campus.
Accepted by peer review 5/20/2013.
The authors declare no conflict of interest.