What Is Anxiety?

Anxiety is a biological reaction—the body’s way of telling us something isn’t right.

 But if anxiety becomes overwhelming and persistent, or if it interferes with regular daily activities, or even makes them impossible, it may be an anxiety disorder.

Facts About Anxiety

Anxiety disorders are the most common mental disorders in the U.S.

Over 40 million adults experience an anxiety disorder each year

There are many different types of anxiety disorders, including generalized anxiety, social anxiety, specific phobias, and more

Anxiety disorders can develop for a number of reasons, including genetics, brain chemistry, and life events

According to the WHO, 1 in 13 people around the world suffer from anxiety

Only about 1/3 of those suffering receive treatment

About 8% of children and teenagers experience an anxiety disorder

Those suffering from anxiety disorders are not alone

Everyday Anxiety vs. Anxiety Disorder

Everyday Anxiety

Anxiety Disorder

Constant worry - without cause - that interrupts daily life.

Worry about tests, bills, relationships.

Avoid social gatherings out of fear of feeling uncomfortable or embarrassed.

Feel awkward in some social situations.

Panic attacks without cause and perpetual fear of having another one.

Panic before a big moment or event.

Irrational / unexplainable fear of something that poses no danger.

Fear of a dangerous object or scenario.

Anxiety is one of the most common forms of mental illness. Anxiety can affect your health. If you suffer from an anxiety disorder, research suggests that you may run a higher risk of experiencing physical health problems, too. So when you manage your anxiety, you’re also taking care of your physical health.

-Anxiety and Depression Association of America

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