Donate to Anxiety Disorders Research, Patient Care and Education

Most people experience a “case of the nerves” at some point in their lives. Anxiety is a natural part of the body’s defense system. However, people with anxiety disorders experience more than just the occasional nervous episode. They often have intense feelings of panic and fear about everyday situations. Deep anxiety can cause people to feel overwhelmed and may make it difficult to cope with the events of daily life. Northwestern Medicine offers a comprehensive program with outstanding physicians, treatments and facilities to give relief to those struggling with anxiety disorders. By making a donation to Northwestern Memorial Foundation, you will offer crucial support to the many scientists, clinicians and other healthcare providers at Northwestern Medicine who are dedicated to assisting people affected by anxiety.

Along with feelings of panic and fear, many physical symptoms may accompany anxiety. These symptoms include:

  • Heavy perspiration
  • Muscle tension
  • Dry mouth
  • Cold and clammy hands
  • Frequent urination
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Nausea and diarrhea
  • Difficulty sleeping and waking
  • Fatigue
  • Dizziness
  • Racing heartbeat and fast breathing

Anxiety affects people of all ages, races and genders, but is generally more prevalent in women than men and in younger people, as opposed to older people. Northwestern Medicine offers treatment for many different types of anxiety including:

  • Phobia: Uncontrollable, extreme fear of certain objects, places or events
  • Panic disorders: Produce a strong fear of being in danger; result in repeated and unexpected panic attacks
  • Obsessive-compulsive disorder: Causes unwanted thoughts and feelings; sufferers try to manage these thoughts through rituals
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder: Nightmares and flashbacks afflict people who have survived a serious trauma
  • Generalized anxiety disorder: Constant worry about everyday situations, typically lasting more than 6 months

Anxiety is treated in different ways depending on the nature and severity of the condition. Some of the most common treatments include certain medications, counseling and relaxation techniques. A therapist also may work with a patient on developing coping skills and reducing stress.

Anxiety Disorders Research, Patient Care and Education Donation

Physicians at Northwestern Medicine are able to offer these life-changing treatments to patients with anxiety, and your generous donation will help to support their work. Moreover, your contribution will help to ensure that scientists at Northwestern Medicine can continue to conduct front-line research into how and why anxiety develops, and how to most effectively treat this challenging condition. Through your generosity, you can help to provide the resources that offer support, treatment and hope to people coping with severe anxiety.

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