Anxiety disorders are the most common mental illness among people in the United States. Most types of anxiety disorders can begin anywhere between childhood and early adulthood. Anxiety disorders are a little more likely to occur in women than it is in men.
How Anxiety Feels
The feeling of anxiety is a common feeling among people, due to things that are happening among their lives. People who have anxiety disorders have the constant worry and feeling of anxiety at all times. It can be so disruptive to a person's life that it can keep someone from doing everyday tasks. It is very normal to have anxiety or to be worried, but when the worry persists about the same or a similar thing for over six months, it may be a good idea to consult a doctor or psychiatrist. It is important that you talk to someone about the feelings you are having and concerns.
Who Does Anxiety Affect?
An anxiety disorder is most likely to have an affect on people who have a family history of mental diseases, as these people may have a chemical imbalance within their bodies due to multiple sources of stress that is prolonged. The multiple sources of stress can come from relationship problems, financial complications, or the death of a loved one. Anxiety can also have its affect on people surrounded by someone with a mental illness. It can be very difficult for the family, the spouse or significant other to help their loved one cope with their anxiety disorder. People with anxiety disorders commonly are worried and cannot be convinced that everything will be alright.
What Anxiety Does
Anxiety disorders can take a toll on a person. They can cause serious problems including fatigue, inhibitions to social interactions and other health problems. Anxiety can keep someone awake at night while they should be getting rest. The less rest someone gets, the more likely they are to continually get sick because their immune system is weaker.
Anxiety Can Be Constricting
Some anxiety disorders (such as posttraumatic stress disorder or social phobia) keep people from going out in public or from going certain places because they have a fear of it. They also keep people from interacting with others; some people's disorders cause them to not be able to talk to others. This is due to either having a traumatic experience or the feeling that everyone is criticizing you when they are not.
Dealing with Anxiety
Anxiety disorders cannot be completely prevented, since it is not just one characteristic that contributes to it. The feeling of anxiety can be reduced by not consuming caffeine because it can amplify those feelings and can contribute to loss of sleep. It can also be reduced by using natural, herbal remedies that can be suggested by a physician. Other forms of support for anxiety include, getting plenty of sleep, exercising to reduce stress, eating healthy because some foods increase positive feelings in the body, and by avoiding drugs and alcohol which can escalate feelings of anxiety.