Nov 24, 2017

Interview Transcript

Announcer: The Health Minute, produced by University of Utah Health.

Interviewer: Forty million people in the United States say they have anxiety. Dr. Kirtly Jones, is that something to be concerned about?

Dr. Jones: Well, it depends. All of us are anxious some of the time. For a big thing coming up, like getting married or buying a house, that's normal and it's common. But after that, we come down and we're calm again.

But some people, as many as 40% of Americans, have generalized anxiety. They're anxious all the time, or they're anxious about very specific things, about whether their hands are clean or whether their car is going to work and they really can't get past it.

And some people have anxiety attacks, which are truly toxic and can bring them to the emergency room. So if you're troubled by your anxiety and it's getting in the way of your life, if you have panic attacks, you should get help because we can make it better. We really can.

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