According to the Oxford Dictionary, anxiety is defined as a:
“nervous disorder characterized by a state of excessive uneasiness and apprehension, typically with compulsive behavior or panic attacks.”
Additionally, the American Psychological Association further defines anxiety as:
“an emotion characterized by feelings of tension, worried thoughts and physical changes like increased blood pressure. This mental illness is frequently accompanied by recurring intrusive thoughts or concerns, avoiding certain situations out of worry, and may also have physical symptoms such as sweating, trembling, dizziness or a rapid heartbeat.”
It is estimated that the population of the United States, as of 2019, is approximately 329 million. Of this, 40 million people suffer from the number one mental health illness in the country, anxiety.
Anxiety doesn’t discriminate and it comes in a wide variety of forms, impacting your:
Anxiety doesn’t just wreak havoc on the individual experiencing the symptoms. It also impacts those around the person suffering from the disorder. Let’s take a closer look at what causes anxiety, how to manage the disorder naturally, and provide you with steps to help those suffering from undiagnosed or severe cases.
Futurity recently published a study that stated 1 in 13 people globally suffer from anxiety. It is projected that anxiety will become even more prevalent over the years to come. To date, medical researchers and professionals have identified over ten causes of anxiety. These triggers range from everyday stress to medications through negative thoughts or traumatic life experiences. Since each body type is different, the reaction to anxiety, and it’s causes, will always be unique and handled on a case by case basis. The severity of the trigger likely will dictate the significance of the reaction.
Regardless of the cause, if something doesn’t feel right, or you just feel off, it is important for you to know that you aren’t alone and it is okay to feel what you do. In fact, you should find comfort knowing that you are amongst millions that also experience varying forms of anxiety, which may or may not be as severe as the next. Do not feel ashamed or become concerned with what people do or don’t think. Know it is okay to ask for help. When you do, you will become one of the many reasons those after you will be better equipped with the knowledge and confidence to seek help, suffer less, and better manage the disorder.
Anxiety, like most illnesses, is treatable and has a high success rate when an accurate diagnosis is made. Getting an accurate diagnosis takes time, and may not happen as quickly as you’d like, but stick with it because once you’ve got it, help is already on its way. Beyond taking prescription medications, which sometimes are necessary, there are a number of things you can do to better manage your anxiety and help to mitigate how severely you react to it.
Making slight adjustments to your day to day lifestyle can positively influence the triggers, and your bodies responses, to anxiety. It is important to have a routine, and one that includes and builds more constructive and healthy habits. For example:
When suffering from any illness or disorder, specifically mental disorders, it isn’t uncommon for those around you to recognize patterns, trends, and changes before you do. Perhaps you recognize things, but you aren’t ready to accept the reality of your situation. It’s okay and very common. If you see or experience someone that exhibits certain behaviors or patterns consistent to those with anxiety disorders, the best thing you can do for them is:
Reinforce the importance of seeking help, which comes in the form of talking to your general physician, a therapist, and oftentimes a psychiatrist. Trained professionals specialize in the identification, treatment, and rehabilitation of mental disorders.
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