You can’t really talk about anxiety without at least a brief discussion of why.
Why does this happen? Why me?
Why can’t I make it stop?
Why can’t people understand that it’s not my fault?
Anxiety is one of the most misunderstood issues that exists. Anxiety Disorders affect 18.1 % of adults in the United States (approximately 40 million adults between the ages of 18 to 54) - National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH). Apr 25, 2017.
Although anxiety is very treatable, only 36% of those with anxiety seek treatment.
However, people with anxiety are 3-5 times more likely to seek medical treatment and 6 times more likely to be hospitalized for psychiatric illness than those who do not have anxiety.
Nearly one half of people diagnosed with depression are also treated for anxiety, according to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA).
Anxiety is the body’s reaction to stress that triggers our fight, flight, or freeze response. When there’s immediate danger, the body marshals that energy to address the present situation.
When there is no actual danger, or the situation is resolved, if the anxiety persists, it becomes counterproductive and may create emotional and physiological challenges.
Harvard Health states: “Evidence suggests that people with anxiety disorders are at greater risk for developing a number of chronic medical conditions. They may also have more severe symptoms and a greater risk of death when they become ill.”
Some of the common medical problems that may be related to anxiety include:
Respiratory Conditions, such as asthma and COPD Gastrointestinal Conditions, such as IBS and ulcers, heart disease, substance abuse and addiction migraine.
In this E-book, we will talk about some of the complexities of anxiety, then focus on what to do about it.