Anxiety is a normal part of life.

However, some may experience anxiety that is persistent,  seemingly uncontrollable and overwhelming  If it is excessive, irrational dread of everyday situations, it can become disabling.  When anxiety interferes with daily activities, you may have an anxiety disorder.

Anxiety disorders are a real, serious medical condition and are the most common and pervasive mental disorder in the United States.   The term “anxiety disorder” refers to specific psychiatric disorders that involve extreme fear or worry.  Anxiety is recognized in many forms:

  • Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD)
  • Panic Disorder and Panic Attacks
  • Agoraphobia
  • Social Anxiety Disorder
  • Separation Anxiety


Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) are closely related to anxiety disorders, which some may experience the same time as depression.

Nearly 40 million people in the United States experience an anxiety disorder in any given year.  Only one-third of those suffering from an anxiety disorder receive treatment even thought though the disorders are highly treatable.

Joshua D. Smith and Associates works with clients who are experiencing symptoms of Anxiety or it’s related disorders.

SOURCE: Anxiety and Depression Association of America

Post Traumatic Stress (PTSD)

Post Traumatic Stress is a normal set of reactions to a trauma such as war, which could be experienced by almost anyone.  Sometimes, it becomes a Disorder (PTSD) with the passage of time when feeling or issues related to the trauma are not dealt with, but are suppressed by the individual.  This can result in problems readjusting to community life following the trauma.  A delayed stress reaction may surface after many years and include some or all of the following problems.

  • anger, irritability, and rage
  • feeling nervous
  • depression
  • difficulty trusting others
  • feeling guilt over acts committed or witnessed, the failure to prevent certain events, or merely having survived while others did not
  • hyper alertness and startle reactions
  • feeling grief or sadness
  • having thoughts and memories that will not go away
  • isolation and alienation from others
  • loss of interest in pleasurable activities
  • low tolerance to stress
  • problems with authority
  • problems feeling good about one self
  • nightmaress
  • substance abuse
  • trouble sleeping
  • anxiety
  • paranoia

Joshua D. Smith is committed to serving those suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and helping them successfully readjust to the community in which they live.

SOURCE: Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (Veteran Administration)