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Anxiety Disorders

"For a person with an anxiety disorder, the anxiety does not go away and can get worse over time. The feelings can interfere with daily activities such as job performance, school work, and relationships. There are several different types of anxiety disorders that each manifest differently:


Generalized Anxiety Disorder- People with generalized anxiety disorder display excessive anxiety or worry for months and face several anxiety-related symptoms. Symptoms include:

  • Restlessness or feeling wound-up or on edge

  • Being easily fatigued

  • Difficulty concentrating or having their minds go blank

  • Irritability

  • Muscle tension

  • Difficulty controlling the worry

  • Sleep problems (difficulty falling or staying asleep or restless, unsatisfying sleep)

    Panic Disorder- people with panic disorder have recurrent unexpected panic attacks, which are sudden periods of intense fear that may include palpitations, pounding heart, or accelerated heart rate; sweating; trembling or shaking; sensations of shortness of breath, smothering, or choking; and feeling of impending doom. Symptoms include:

  • Sudden and repeated attacks of intense fear

  • Feelings of being out of control during a panic attack

  • Intense worries about when the next attack will happen

  • Fear or avoidance of places where panic attacks have occurred in the past

    Social Anxiety Disorder- people with social anxiety disorder (sometimes called “social phobia”) have a marked fear of social or performance situations in which they expect to feel embarrassed, judged, rejected, or fearful of offending others. Symptoms include:

  • Feeling highly anxious about being with other people and having a hard time talking to them

  • Feeling very self-conscious in front of other people and worried about feeling humiliated, embarrassed, or rejected, or fearful of offending others

  • Being very afraid that other people will judge them

  • Worrying for days or weeks before an event where other people will be

  • Staying away from places where there are other people

  • Having a hard time making friends and keeping friends

  • Blushing, sweating, or trembling around other people

  • Feeling nauseous or sick to your stomach when other people are around"

~from the National Institute of Mental Health

Maine Resources​

If you are concerned about yourself or about somebody else, please call the Maine Crisis Hotline at 1-888-568-1112. It's open 24/7.


Psychology Today - Maine:
This website contains a filterable list of therapists that specialize in working with anxiety.

Maine Behavioral Healthcare - Anxiety:

"At Maine Behavioral Healthcare, we treat the whole person. We care about your physical and mental health, so we are making it easier than ever before to access behavioral healthcare through your primary care provider. We are locating counseling, therapy and many other behavioral and mental healthcare services at physician and provider practices."

Health Psych Maine:

The psychologists at Health Psych Maine provide empirically-based (research-based) psychological and behavioral treatment. Their goal is to help individuals live more fulfilling and comfortable lives and to provide flexible and compassionate treatments rooted in the scientific literature.

Services include cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), mindfulness, biofeedback, and counseling.

University of Maine Counseling Center:
Valuable tips and resources for managing anxiety from USM's Counseling Center. Most of the website other than the linked page is only information useful for students.

Maine Counseling & Consultation LLC:

A list of book suggestions about anxiety (and other mental concerns)- 

  • "Separation Anxiety in Children and Adolescents: An Individualized Approach to Assessment and Treatment" by Andrew R. Eisen PhD and Charles E. Schaefer PhD

  • "The Opposite of Worry" by Lawrence J. Cohen, Ph.D.

  • "Freeing Your Child from Anxiety: Powerful, Practical Solutions to Overcome Your Child's Fears, Worries, and Phobias" by Tamar Ellsas Chansky

  • "Freeing Your Child from Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder: A Powerful, Practical Program for Parents of Children and Adolescents" by Tamar E.Chansky

  • "The Anxiety and Phobia Workbook" by Edmund J. Bourne, PhD

  • "ADHD and Anxiety in Adults" by Michael Carr

  • "Driven to Distraction" by Edward M. Hallowell and John R. Ratey

  • "Delivered from Distraction: Getting the Most out of Life with Attention Deficit Disorder" by Edward M. Hallowell and John R. Ratey

  • "I Don’t Want to Talk About It: Overcoming the Secret Legacy of Male Depression" by Terrence Real

  • "The 10 Best-Ever Depression Management Techniques: Understanding" by Margaret Wehrenberg Psy.D

National Resources​

None added yet! Feel free to contact us with any resources you may have!

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