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Anxiety disorders are the most common mental illness in the U.S., affecting 40 million adults in the United States age 18 and older, or 18.1% of the population every year.
Anxiety disorders are highly treatable, yet only 36.9% of those suffering receive treatment.
People with an anxiety disorder are 3 to 5 times more likely to go to the doctor and six times more likely to be hospitalized for psychiatric disorders than those who do not suffer from anxiety disorders.
Anxiety disorders affect 25.1% of children between 13 and 18 years old. Research shows that untreated children with anxiety disorders are at higher risk to perform poorly in school, miss out on important social experiences, and engage in substance abuse.
It's not uncommon for someone with an anxiety disorder to also suffer from depression or vice versa. Nearly one-half of those diagnosed with depression are also diagnosed with an anxiety disorder.
Anxiety can range from feeling a persistent dread to a full-blown panic attack.
What Are Your Anxiety Symptoms?
Are you worrying excessively? Are you stressed because of 'what might happen?
Are you struggling to fall asleep at night because of emotional turmoil? Many people with anxiety struggle with insomnia. If you're frequently lying awake without any identifiable reason, it could be an Anxiety Disorder.
Ever woken up in a cold sweat panicking for no apparent reason? Or felt terror come over you? This could be a panic attack. This is a sign of Anxiety.
Clinical anxiety can range from feeling a persistent dread to a full-blown panic attack. According to the National Institutes of Health, nearly 40% of the world's population will experience a degree of anxiety disorder in their lifetime.
Not all anxiety is terrible though. Your brain needs a way to grab your attention when you’re heading towards danger. Our brain can process whether we are in danger or not in milliseconds, however sometimes our danger alert system can get stuck. When this happens we can get confused between real danger and false. It can leave an exaggerated view of whatever threatens us - causing anxiety.
Anxiety can affect us in many ways, what can begin as anxious emotional feelings can lead to physical symptoms such as headaches, loss of appetite and loss of sleep. It can stop you from participating in everyday activities like socializing or going to work. Worse still you can start to develop a mental illness that distorts your view of life.
The good news is all levels of anxiety disorders are diagnosable, controllable and treatable. The key is recognizing your anxiety level and then planning on how treat it.
The first thing you can do about anxiety is to understand it.
Anxiety is a form of fear, so ask yourself the question?
What am I afraid of? What is going in my mind, behind the scenes in my subconscious?
There can be something playing on your fears in your subconscious. If you can identify it, then you are on the right track to getting it under control. However, if you cannot identify the reason why you are feeling anxious, then there could be a deeper root cause.
Our brain works like a conveyor belt. When something concerns us, no matter how large or small, if it affects us, our brain wants to resolve it and then file it away. Our brains are designed to heal us and to help us overcome our fears. However, if for some reason we do not find a means for resolving our anxiety, then it will remain like an open file floating around inside you.
If this is you, then this would be the right point to make an appointment with a counsellor or therapist.
If you were able to have some time talking with a trained counsellor - especially a clinical psychologist who is trained to understand your brain, they will be able to help you identify what the problem is, where it came from and what you can do about it.
It may also be appropriate to visit your doctor to talk about all of your options for dealing with anxiety. Alongside of your treatment, as I do, you can also use a health supplement like CBD to give you an added physical sense of calm.
Overall it is very important to understand the good news: all anxiety is diagnosable, controllable and treatable.