The #2 mental health problem? Anxiety. Some anxiety and negative stress are a part of nearly every person's life, at least intermittently. So what’s the difference between experiencing some anxiety and an anxiety disorder? It’s when anxiety interferes with your daily life, halting your ability to function, and causing an immense amount of stress and fearful feelings. The Anxiety and Depression Association of America reports that anxiety disorders are the most common mental problem in the U.S.--affecting 40 million adults over the age of 18. Nearly 75% of those affected by an anxiety disorder will experience their first episode before the age of 22. But unfortunately, only one-third of them seek and receive treatment. Ask yourself:
- Do you experience anxious or worrisome thoughts on a daily basis?
- Are you plagued by fears others perceive as unfounded or irrational?
- Do you avoid everyday social activities because they cause you anxiety?
- Do you experience sudden heart-pounding panic attacks?
- Is your anxiety interfering with your school work, social life, and family?
If you answered ‘yes’ to any of these, access resources. Sooner is better than later.