Anxiety symptoms are on the rise. Studies show more people than ever are anxious.
Plus anxiety isn’t just for adults. Children everywhere are dealing with anxiety. The media even called today’s millennials “The Anxious Generation.”
I also connected with Everyday Health – to learn more about anxiety symptoms, causes and treatments.
Anxiety is a feeling of nervousness, unease, or worry that typically occurs in the absence of an imminent threat. It differs from fear, which is the body’s natural response to immediate danger.
Anxiety is part of the body’s natural reaction to stress, so it can be helpful at times, making you more alert and ready for action.
Anxiety disorders and normal feelings of anxiousness are two different things. When feelings of fear or nervousness become excessive, difficult to control, or interfere with daily life, an anxiety disorder may be present. Anxiety disorders are among the most common mental disorders in the United States.
It’s common to think about anxiety in a way that may hinder our ability to overcome it.
“The biggest misconception about anxiety is that it’s to be feared and avoided at all costs,” says Noah Clyman, a licensed clinical social worker and director of NYC Cognitive Therapy, a private psychotherapy practice in New York City.
“I teach my clients that negative emotions, such as sadness, anger, and fear, are important to our survival, and emotional discomfort is a very normal, universal human experience,” he says.
Many people first develop symptoms of an anxiety disorder during childhood. Some anxiety disorders, such as specific phobias and social anxiety disorder, are more likely to develop in childhood or teenage years, while others, such as generalized anxiety disorder, are more likely to start in young adulthood.
The review, conducted by researchers at Cambridge University in England, also found that people with chronic health conditions were more likely to experience anxiety.
According to the review, almost 11 percent of people with heart disease in Western countries reported having generalized anxiety disorder (GAD).
In addition, 32 percent of those with multiple sclerosis had some kind of anxiety disorder. (3)
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