Feature of the Month: April 2017

Anxiety or an Anxiety Disorder?

Everyone will experience some type of anxiety in their lifetime.  However, everyday anxiety is quite different from an anxiety disorder.  An anxiety disorder is intense, persistent, and negatively impacts a person’s daily life.

There are many symptoms of anxiety.  Some examples include:

Physical:  pounding heart, shortness of breath, headaches, dizziness, stomach issues, muscle aches and pains, shaking, flushing, sweating, and the inability to relax 

Psychological:  racing thoughts, confusion, excessive fear and worry, the inability to concentrate, memory issues, irritability, restlessness, anger, depression, and impatience 

Behavioral:  isolation, avoiding situations, restricting activities, and compulsive or obsessive behavior      

Some of the symptoms of anxiety can mimic other serious health conditions, so it is always best to discuss these health matters with a physician first.  There are several support strategies a person can suggest for those suffering from an anxiety disorder.  First and foremost, encourage professional help.  Other approaches may involve:  breathing and relaxation training, exercise, meditation, grounding methods, and self-help books and websites.  In addition, repetitive activities like feeling the edge of a key or coin, counting, playing with fidget cubes, and rubbing worry stones are all great distraction techniques to help combat anxiety.  To learn more about the various types of anxiety disorders and their coping mechanisms, please consider taking a Mental Health First Aid class.

Reference:  Mental Health First Aid (Mental Health Association of Maryland, Inc.)

Someone you know could be experiencing anxiety or another mental illness.  You can help. Mental Health First Aid teaches a plan to offer initial help to people with the signs and symptoms of a mental illness. 

Mental Health First Aid

Friday, April 21, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Western Maryland Regional Medical Center – Hospital Auditorium Room 1 & 2


For more information and to register, please call Carey Moffatt at 240-964-8418.  


Support is available at all levels:

Free Health and Wellness Coaching
Meet with a Certified Health & Wellness coach to move beyond your barriers to identifying your unique needs and goals. For more information, call Carey Moffatt at 240-964-8418.

Change to Win - Nutrition and Weight Loss Program
Non-diet nutrition and weight loss classes meeting once weekly. Call Theresa Stahl, RDN, LDN, Outpatient Community Dietitian, at 240-964-8416 for more information.

Center for Clinical Resources
If you have diabetes, the team at the WMHS Center for Clinical Resources can be your partner in keeping diabetes under control and living life to the fullest. The team can show you how to monitor your blood sugar, teach you how to make dietary and lifestyle changes to control your diabetes, help manage your medication, and provide encouragement and motivation along the way. For more information about what the team can do for you, talk with your primary care provider or call the Center at 240-964-8787.

Free Diabetes Support Group: Come share your experience and learn tips for managing the disease. Meets the 1st Tuesday of the month, from 5:30-6:30 p.m. in the WMRMC auditorium. For more information, call Lori Shaulis at 240-964-8789.

What's your Blood Pressure?
Free Blood Pressure Checks are available

- Outside the Cafeteria WMRMC
1st Pay Day Thursday of Month 11:30 a.m. -12:30 p.m.

For other options, call WMHS Community Health & Wellness at 240-964-8424.