It’s thought that as many as forty million people in the United States suffer from some sort of anxiety. The trouble is that a lot of people still don’t fully understand anxiety and assume those who live with it are just overly worried.
But these conditions can and do affect people’s lives on a daily basis, but they’re not always easy to treat. When someone tells you they’re anxious, you’re likely to understand the condition to a degree, but do you know what kind of anxiety condition they have?
Anxiety comes in many forms such as:
Generalised anxiety disorder, post-traumatic stress syndrome, obsessive compulsive disorder, social anxiety disorder, panic attacks and phobias
As you can see from the list above, there are many different types of anxiety conditions, which mean there are also different ways of dealing with them.
Who suffers from anxiety?
But who is likely to suffer from anxiety in the first place? And isn’t a little anxiety good for us?
The truth is that it’s very hard to say who does and doesn’t suffer from anxiety. This is because a lot of people hide how they’re feeling, choosing only to confide in a trusted few. Anxiety can affect us all at some point in our lives, it’s how we deal with it that counts.
Think about when you had a couple of exams coming up, were you anxious about those? You probably were. Your heart was no doubt beating as you sat down to take the exam.
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Have you ever spoken in public? This can be quite nerve-wracking too, as can starting a new job.
Sooner or later the above situations become easier because we’ve passed the exam, we’re used to our new job and so on. But people with anxiety struggle to let go of these feelings because there are many different factors that can bring on the feelings of anxiety and the low self-esteem that comes with it.
A multitude of reasons
People can suffer from anxiety for a lot of different reasons. Perhaps a bad childhood or the loss of a job has made them feel inadequate. Perhaps a recent event has left them feeling worse for wear and unable to function as they used to. This is why it’s not easy to say how anxiety is caused, but it’s sometime even harder to determine who suffers from this condition.
Some people are just too anxious to ask their doctor for help, or they simply don’t think their anxiety is bad enough to warrant treatment. Many people hide their true feelings, which is why you and I may not know how anxious someone we love feels.
It’s safe to say that we all suffer from a bit of anxiety at some point in our lives. But if these anxious feelings last more than a month, it’s definitely time to seek help.
Anyone can suffer from anxiety
Anyone including politicians, pop stars, cashiers, road sweepers, bus drivers, managers, realtors, lawyers, teachers, priests, and receptionists can all suffer from anxiety. It can affect anyone of any age and background, profession and gender. The most important thing to do is to ask for help if you feel your anxiety is taking over your life. The sooner you do, the sooner you will get your life back on track.
Here is a link to a Huffington Post page with more interesting articles on the subject of anxiety.