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True or False — All About Anxiety

Determine if the following statements are true or false. The correct answers appear below.

Guess which of the following statements are true about anxiety disorders and which ones are not. If you have an anxiety disorder, you’ll find a few ideas to help manage it along the way.

 

  1. If untreated, anxiety disorders can become chronic.  

  2. Genetics are the single cause of anxiety disorders.  

  3. Everyone with an anxiety disorder should be treated with medication. 

  4. Stress management techniques, mindfulness, and meditation can help people with anxiety disorders learn to calm their thoughts.

  5. Smoking, using tobacco products, and caffeine have no effect on anxiety.

  6. Getting daily exercise, eating a healthy diet, and getting adequate sleep can all improve anxiety. 

  7. Support groups won’t offer much help if you suffer from anxiety.

Answers:

  1. True

  2. False: Genetics, brain structure and function, and environmental factors all seem to be risk factors for anxiety disorders.

  3. False: Anxiety disorders can be treated with a combination of psychotherapy, sometimes called talk therapy, and medicine. But each person should consult a health care professional when choosing the right treatment plan and consider each person’s needs and choices.

  4. True

  5. False: These environmental factors may lead to or worsen anxiety disorders.

  6. True

  7. False: Self-help and support groups can provide people with the knowledge and support to make treatment decisions that work for them.

 

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