This week, we are featuring anxiety disorders.
Anxiety is a normal feeling that we all have, however when you have a constant and overwhelming fear and worry, you may have anxiety disorder. There are many different types of anxiety disorders such as generalized anxiety disorder, panic disorder, social anxiety disorder, phobias, and separation anxiety.
Anxiety can have many symptoms that would affect the body in different ways, such as physically, psychologically, and behaviorally. Anxiety disorders can be caused by multiple different factors such as genetics, brain chemistry, environmental stress, drug withdrawal/misuse, or a medical condition. It is important to get diagnosed and get therapy to know why you are experiencing anxiety.
Facts and statistics about Anxiety disorders:
- – Anxiety disorders are the most common mental illness and affects 30% of adults at some point in their lives
- – Generalized Anxiety Disorder affects 6.8 million adults in the United States
- – Only 1/3 of people with an anxiety disorder seek out treatment
- – 8% of children and teenagers experience an anxiety disorder
- – 50% of Americans diagnosed with anxiety disorders are also diagnosed with depression
Anxiety disorders can be caused by genetics or environmental reasons. Events, emotions, or experiences can cause symptoms of anxiety to worsen. These are called triggers. There are many things that can trigger someone’s anxiety. These can be internally, such as negative self-talk or unrealistic expectations. They can also be externally, such as major life changes, work or school, relationships, financial issues, etc.
Anxiety triggers are different for everyone but these are common triggers that someone with anxiety can be affected by. Some people may have multiple triggers. It is important to find what triggers your anxiety in order to manage the mental disorder.
If you have an anxiety disorder, it is important to find the best treatment strategy to help you cope with having a mental disorder. These coping mechanisms might include one or multiple different things and everyone with anxiety disorder will have a different coping strategy. Finding what is best for you is the most important.These are some long-term strategies that can help you cope with your anxiety disorder:
- Identifying and learning to manage your triggers
- Daily or Routine Medication
- Eating Healthy, Balanced Meals
- Exercise Regularly
If you are experiencing any of the below symptoms or if you think that you may have an anxiety disorder, please call one of these numbers below to get the help that you need. You are not alone.