According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), anxiety disorders are among the most common illnesses in the United States. Data shows that up to 19% of the population of about 40 million adults over the age of eighteen experience anxiety symptoms or have an anxiety disorder. Like addictions and many other mental health concerns, anxiety disorders are highly treatable, yet very few people who could benefit from treatment ever seek or receive the help they need. The Anxiety and Depression Association of America (AADA) estimates that less than 37% of people with an anxiety disorder get treatment.
Anxiety is a feeling of worry, fear, or unease. Anxiety feelings occur as a specific reaction to a stressful event. Unlike stress, where the origin is external, the source of feelings of anxiety is internal. Anxiety is typically characterized by feelings of apprehension or dread in situations that would not generally be considered threatening.
Where stress often goes away after the emotion-inducing event has passed, anxiety persists even after the situation has passed. In even more severe cases, anxiety can escalate into an anxiety disorder. Anxiety disorders can be classified in various ways, including generalized anxiety disorder, panic disorder, phobias, social anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and post-traumatic stress disorder.
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There are several different types of anxiety disorders, with conditions that have unique symptoms. However, there are several shared anxiety symptoms as well. Understanding more about the types of anxiety can help you know when it might be time to reach out to a specialist to get help managing your symptoms.
Generalized anxiety disorder occurs when one feels excessive, unrealistic worry and tension with little or no reason behind or in support of their emotions.
Anxiety can produce a range of physical and psychological symptoms. People will experience anxiety differently, so no two people will necessarily report the same symptoms or severity of symptoms. Although anxiety feels and looks different from person to person, several common physical and psychological symptoms are reported with anxiety disorders. One person may experience only a couple of these symptoms, whereas someone else may experience many of them. How anxiety feels will depend on the severity of the person’s condition.
As noted above, long-term anxiety can eventually have adverse health-related impacts as well. People who suffer from chronic anxiety are more likely to develop heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, and possibly other mental health disorders such as depression and panic disorders.
If you experience anxiety on a regular or chronic basis, it may be time to consider seeking treatment. Long-term anxiety can result in significant physical and emotional challenges. There are many ways to seek treatment and begin your journey towards lasting recovery. If you are struggling to cope with anxiety or your anxiety symptoms have become overwhelming, your primary care provider may refer you to a mental health provider.
During therapy sessions at Ariel Wallins Therapy Group, members of our treatment team will use various types of therapy techniques to help you work through your anxiety symptoms. Your therapy provider may also teach you applied relaxation techniques to help you to manage your anxiety. Two popular forms of psychotherapy used in anxiety treatment programs are exposure therapies and cognitive behavioral therapy or (CBT).
Without care and support, chronic anxiety symptoms can cause significant interference in your day-to-day life. Don’t let your anxiety symptoms control another day. Let the team at Ariel Wallins Therapy Group help you take your first steps towards healing. Contact us today to learn more about our anxiety treatment program in NYC.