What is anxiety?
Do you constantly worry about daily activities or encounters? Do you experience fear in situations that are beyond your control? If so, you may be suffering from a condition known as anxiety. Anxiety disorders may negatively impact a person’s life as their fear may be out of proportion to the actual event, which may cause the person to avoid places or situations.
How common are anxiety disorders?
Having some minor anxiety is very common at some point in our lives. This may include being anxious about a new job or trying to make a major decision. However, when anxiety is persistent or uncontrollable, it can begin to impact a person’s quality of life. This is when it is considered a mental illness that may require medical attention.
Who suffers from this type of disorder?
Anxiety is the most common mental disorder in the United States. Over 40 million Americans are diagnosed with some form of anxiety annually. Anxiety can begin as early as childhood and progress throughout that person’s life. 8% of children are diagnosed with anxiety every year, and most people who have this mental illness are diagnosed by the time they are 21.
What are the different types of anxiety disorders?
There are several types of anxiety disorders that exist. Some of the more common ones include:
Many other anxiety disorders may also need medical attention from a mental healthcare provider.