Anxiety is a normal emotion we all experience, however sometimes it can become too much, debilitating even. Anxiety serves a real purpose for us, it helps to keep us safe. However, often anxiety hits when there is no real threat to our safety. Have you ever struggled to fall asleep at night because your thoughts won’t stop racing and your heart won’t stop pounding? Has your anxiety kept you from applying for that job you’ve been dreaming of because you can’t bear the idea of rejection? Have you kept yourself on the sideline for fear of failure?
According to Anxiety and Depression Association of America:
- Anxiety disorders are the most common mental illness in the U.S., affecting 40 million adults in the United States age 18 and older, or 18.1% of the population, every year.
- Anxiety disorders are highly treatable yet only 36.9% of those suffering receive treatment.
- People with an anxiety disorder are three to five times more likely to go to the doctor and six times more likely to be hospitalized for psychiatric disorders than those who do not suffer from anxiety disorders.
- Anxiety disorders develop from a complex set of risk factors, including genetics, brain chemistry, personality, and life events.
Anxiety can be experienced in the body and mind very differently from person to person. However, here are a few common symptoms of anxiety: racing thoughts, rapid heart rate, increased body temperature, cold chills, rapid and shallow respirations, nausea, loss of appetite, or panic attacks to name a few.