What is Anxiety?

Occasional anxiety is a normal part of life. You might feel anxious when faced with a problem at work, before taking a test, or making an important decision. But anxiety disorders involve more than temporary worry or fear. For a person with an anxiety disorder, the anxiety does not go away and can get worse over time. The feelings can interfere with daily activities such as job performance, school work, and relationships. There are several different types of anxiety disorders. Examples include generalized anxiety disorder, panic disorder, and social anxiety disorder. -www.nimh.gov

 

"Being Ok With Not Being Ok" a true story.

"My name is Ryan "China" McCarney and I have lived with anxiety since 2009. I was 22 years old. My first panic attack occurred that year when I was with my then girlfriend and we were on our way to a family gathering about three hours from my house. About 45 minutes into the drive I felt as if I was going to die. I could not breathe and had to pull the car off the road and walk for hours to try and catch my breath in the fresh air. That was my introduction to anxiety and I had no idea that I was about to embark on a back and forth journey for years to come.” -Read more at

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  • You can help

    Here are a few tips of what to do in case you know someone or are close to someone who has an anxiety disorder.

    Learn about the disorder. Understanding what your friend or relative is going through will help you give support, as well as keep your worry under control. Encourage treatment. Offer to drive him to an appointment or attend a therapy session with her. Remember that everyone experiences anxiety differently. Be tolerant, supportive, and nonjudgmental. Respect his or her feelings even if you don't understand exactly what your friend or relative is going through. Be encouraging and don't get discouraged. Give praise for even the smallest accomplishment. Stay positive. Ask how you can help. Listen carefully to the response. Talk to someone. Being supportive all the time is difficult, so make sure you have someone—a friend, family member, or counselor—to support you, too.

    Statistics

    Stop the stigma- Talk openly about mental health. Mental illness touches so many lives and yet it's STILL a giant secret. Educate yourself and others about mental health.Correct and inform people respectfully when they are perpetrating stereotypes and misconceptions. Speak up and educate them. Show empathy and compassion for those living with a mental health condition. When you love and respect everyone, you have a desire to learn more about who they are and what their life is like. Stop the criminalization of those who live with mental illness. Professionals and families together need to talk to neighborhood groups, law enforcement, hospitals and legal experts to share experiences and knowledge on interacting with mentally ill.

    • Statistic 1

      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% of the population.

    • Statistic 2

      Anxiety disorders are highly treatable, yet only about one-third of those suffering receive treatment.

    • Statistic 3

      Anxiety disorders affect one in eight children.

    • Statistic 4

      Research shows that untreated children with anxiety disorders are at higher risk to perform poorly in school, miss out on important social experiences, and engage in substance abuse.

    • Statistic 5

      Anxiety disorders also often co-occur with other disorders such as depression, eating disorders, and attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).

    • Statistic 6

      Anxiety is as common among older adults as among the young.

    • Statistic 7

      Generalized anxiety disorder is the most common anxiety disorder among older adults, though anxiety disorders in this population are frequently associated with traumatic events such as a fall or acute illness.

    Mental illnesses

     

    • anxiety

       

    • Bipolar disorder

       

    • Depression

       

    • Eating disorder

       

    • Obsessive compulsive disorder

       

    • post traumatic stress disorder

       

    • Schizophrenia