Anxiety is highly treatable, but only about a third of those suffering receive treatment such as therapy. Anxiety disorders are the most common mental illness in the U.S., affecting 18% of the U.S. adult population.
People with diagnosed anxiety are three to five times more likely to go to the doctor. They are also six times more likely to be hospitalized for psychiatric disorders than those who do not suffer from anxiety disorders.
Therapy for anxiety may be for you if:
- You feel keyed up and irritable, and it’s impacting other areas of your life.
- Your sleep and/or eating are off track and nothing seems to be helping.
- Panic attacks (and fear of having panic attacks) have started to crop up, and may even be increasing in frequency.
- You’re preoccupied by over-analyzing and worrying about things that are unlikely to happen.
- You’re starting to avoid important things because they seem too stressful or anxiety-provoking.
- You are procrastinating more than ever, and it’s affecting your work performance or your relationships.
- Your perfectionist tendencies are stronger than ever; you might be too conscientious, to the point that it’s hard to get things done “just right”.
- You present yourself to the world as being fairly together, but you’re not sure how much longer you can keep up the act.
For more facts about anxiety, you can read this article at the Anxiety Disorders Association of America website. In addition to summarizing information about each anxiety disorder, the article provides links to information about treatment options.
Treating anxiety is rewarding, because therapy really helps. In therapy, we can work together to recalibrate your body’s response to situations and thoughts that are causing you anxiety. I know personally how freeing it is to get out of that anxiety quagmire.
There are ways to manage your anxiety that open up avenues for you to live with more calm, confidence and freedom. I have seen it happen time and time again, and I can’t wait to see it happen for you too.
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