The Anxiety and Depression Association of America states that 40 million adults are affected by anxious thoughts. That is 18.1% of our population, meaning that anxiety disorders are the most common mental illness in the United States,
Stress and anxiety issues are usually quite treatable. However, fewer than half of those suffering will seek help. Keep reading to learn how to get a grip on your anxiety and stress, or better yet, how to let loose of your white-knuckled grip on it.
What Are Anxiety Disorders?
When most of us hear “anxiety,” we think about Generalized Anxiety Order (GAD), but it’s not that simple. There are five different classifications of anxiety disorders.
Generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) includes extreme worrying, often without the ability to discern the source. Panic disorder is marked by acute bouts of intense panic, shortness of breath, etc. Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) causes flashbacks of extremely traumatic experiences. Social phobia is anxiety brought on by interacting with others, and obsessive-compulsive disorder results in repetitive obsessions and ritualistic actions.