The increasing rates of anxiety and depression have been observed in recent decades. Contrary to what you might expect, this is not due to the growing number of double-digit unemployment statistics or other similar factors, but rather that it’s getting harder for people to cope with their feelings without the necessary resources.
Anxiety is defined by many psychiatrists as “an intense feeling of worry about something that might happen.” The stronger the feeling, the more dangerous it is for one’s life.
Studies show that the rate of anxiety and depression in America has risen substantially.
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, according to a report by Pfizer, a pharmaceutical company based in New York City. Anxiety disorders cause many people to become slaves of their nervous systems. They may be helpless, living in constant fear that they will lose their grip on reality. With so much stress placed on the body, any little problem may turn into a serious health problem. Panic disorder is one of the most common anxiety disorders in the U.S. It occurs in up to 6% of adults. People with panic disorder experience sudden attacks of intense fear or discomfort, during which they feel like their breathing, heart rate and other bodily functions are about to make them faint or go into shock. They often feel out of control physically and mentally during these attacks, and may try in vain to hide their symptoms from others in an effort to avoid embarrassment.
The number of people affected by panic disorder has tripled over the past 30 years alone, according to researchers at Columbia University Medical Center in New York City.
So if you’re suffering from anxiety you’re not alone and help is available. There are many ways to treat anxiety. A few are medications, psychotherapy/counseling, and support groups. All of these have been found to be effective in helping people with anxiety disorders achieve relief from symptoms.
If you’re suffering from anxiety, the first thing you should do is speak to a doctor or seek help from a mental health professional. Many counselors offer free consultations and can help refer you to the appropriate next step.