While many people suffer from worry, sometimes, worry can interfere with daily activities. That’s when worry can become full-blown anxiety.
Anxiety disorders are real medical conditions that are no less serious than physical disorders such as heart disease or diabetes.
Knowing more about it is a good way to make sure you can deal with it either in yourself or in others, so here are some facts you may not have known about anxiety.
It’s normal to worry, but general worriers tend to spend an average of 55 minutes a day worrying. People with anxiety disorders spend over 300 minutes a day worrying.
There are many variations of anxiety such as generalized anxiety disorder (GAD), social anxiety, panic disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), different phobias, and obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD).
One third of adults with OCD experience symptoms in childhood.Anxiety disorders affect 1 in 8 children. Children with anxiety disorders are at higher risk to perform poorly in school, miss out on important social experiences, and engage in substance abuse.
Anxiety can cause a number of physical symptoms, especially during a panic attack. These symptoms include shortness of breath, shaking, nausea, headaches, rapid heartbeat, dizziness and more.
People who suffer from anxiety disorders are six times more likely to be hospitalized for psychiatric disorders.Anxiety disorders often present in cases of eating disorders and attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).
Anxiety is also a major symptom of depression.Like we said, gaining a deeper understanding of what anxiety disorders are and aren’t is the first step toward reduced stigma, followed by inviting those who struggle in silence to come forward and get help.
Improving attitudes toward people with mental health problems, as well as increasing future willingness to disclose problems and promise anti-stigma behavior could very well make this a reality.