Anxiety is an enormous part of our lives. Its influence is substantiated by a 2011 Time magazine cover story which noted that forty million people or one in six individuals suffer from some type of anxiety disorder. For those who suffer from anxiety it can affect performance in our professional lives and comfort in our personal lives. Anxiety can keep individuals home bound and unable to perform daily tasks. Anxiety can take the form of panic attacks which include severe physical symptoms such as vertigo, heart palpitations, nausea, hyperventilation, chills, sweats and immobilization. Seldom does anyone die from a panic attack but the sensation is as if death is imminent. Anxiety is an ever present feeling. We all experience low grade anxiety every moment of our lives. What then makes anxiety a “disorder?” When anxiety has a long standing time DURATION, when the INTENSITY is high and the FREQUENCY is often then anxiety becomes a disorder. When there is a high DIF (Duration, Intensity, and Frequency) factor anxiety needs to be treated. Anxiety is often correlated with a specific event such as flying, public speaking, dental or doctor visits or even family gatherings. Who has not felt the anxiety of the annual family holiday dinner? Anxiety can be triggered by life events or it can simply occur spontaneously. Oftentimes anticipatory anxiety about an upcoming event is much worse than the actual event. Anxiety tends to dissipate with time. Anxiety is a feeling. It is not a fact. The challenge of anxiety is to experience it and develop techniques for containment rather than let it inhibit functioning. Anxiety medication can be helpful. There are concerns about taking anxiety medications due to the assumption of addiction. Anxiety medicines can however be used judiciously and even on an as needed basis or PRN in medical terms. Oftentimes the possession of anxiety medication can serve as a soothing influence even if the medication is not used. Anxiety medications tend to work in approximately 30-45 minutes. This is different from depression medication which takes an extended time to have an impact. The challenge with anxiety is to not let it escalate. Mindfulness techniques including deep breathing, guided imagery and relaxation techniques are all quite effective in soothing anxiety. Psychotherapy aimed at ventilation and psychoeducation aimed at understanding are useful techniques. The acceptance that anxiety is a part of life is one of the biggest containment interventions.