What is Anxiety?
Anxiety is a feeling every person has experienced at one time or another (think of the feeling you get when preparing to speak in front of a large crowd). However, for those who suffer from an anxiety disorder, that feeling is more consistent, persistent, and overwhelming. Those who experience heightened or disproportionate levels of anxiety may avoid doing things they want or need to do, or may experience more fear or discomfort when doing those things than compared to someone not suffering from anxiety.
Several factors can contribute to anxiety, and scientists believe it is often the combination of several factors that lead to an anxiety disorder. That being said, genetics, stress, a preexisting mental or physical condition, external factors such as stress at work, school, or in a relationship, and/or the effects of drugs are often cited as the common understood causes of anxiety.
Anxiety symptoms manifest both physically and emotionally. Physically speaking, people often experience an increased heart rate, shortness of breath, upset stomach, sweating, headaches, or frequent urination. Emotionally speaking, those who suffer from anxiety are likely to feel tense, restless, irritable, fearful, and experience feelings of wanting to avoid situations.
Am I At Risk?
Anxiety disorders are the most common mental health disorder in the United States. Anxiety can affect anyone. In fact, nearly 40 million (or 18%) of adults in the United States have an anxiety disorder. Approximately 8% of children and adolescents have an anxiety disorder. Most people develop symptoms of an anxiety disorder before they turn 21.
Anxiety At A Glance
Anxiety is the most common form of mental illness in the United States. 2. 2/3 of adults with anxiety do not receive treatment (despite it’s high level of treat-ability) 3. Anxiety is experienced both physically and mentally. 4. Those who suffer from anxiety are prone to suffer from depression as well.