By Marie Miguel
Everyone has had some form of anxiety at some time in their life. But, it does not have to turn into an anxiety disorder if you deal with it right away and do not let it get to you. There are some people who can handle tons of stress with no problem while others seem to have an anxiety attack over what color socks to wear. Some people are just more susceptible to anxiety disorders than others.
Anxiety Disorders Are Common
Many people do not know this but anxiety disorder is the most common mental disorder in American adults. As a matter of fact, 20%, or over 40 million adults in the United States have anxiety disorders every year. And even though they are treatable, less than 40% of those with anxiety disorders ever get treatment.
Here are some risks that can make you more liable to have an anxiety disorder such as:
- Being a woman
- Divorced or widowed
- History of any type of mental health conditions
- Chemical imbalance in the brain
- Abuse or other traumatic issues
- Being shy as a child
Truth be told, anxiety disorders can happen to anyone. Those who put themselves in stressful situations more often are also more likely to have some sort of anxiety disorder. Trying to juggle a career, family, and relationship can get to anyone sometimes but some people tend to take on more than they can handle.
These people are the ones who usually end up having an anxiety attack out of the blue. Then again, young people can also have anxiety disorders. There are many adolescents and young adults who get test anxiety or social anxiety in school or college.
There are several types of anxiety disorders. Some of these include:
- Generalized anxiety disorder
- Panic disorder
- Post-traumatic stress disorder
- Obsessive-compulsive disorder
- Social anxiety
- Phobias such as fear of heights or small spaces
How Does Anxiety Make You Feel?
It is perfectly natural to be nervous or even stressed out before a big meeting, interview, a date, or speaking in front of a crowd. However, if you completely freeze up when just thinking about talking to people or even get sick or faint if you try to go out in public, you may have an anxiety disorder.
Here are some other symptoms: rapid heartbeat, feeling dizzy or faint, sweating, nausea or vomiting, on the edge or jittery, avoiding crowds, isolating yourself, obsessing about a certain thing or everything, nightmares, trouble sleeping, loss of appetite etc.
Here’s What Can Help
Because anxiety disorders can make you stressed out just thinking about meeting someone new or going out in public, getting treatment can be difficult. It may be way too stressful for you to talk to a stranger about your feelings or emotions. However, online counseling can be a lifesaver.
BetterHelp has over 2000 licensed professionals who can help you and you do not even have to leave your house. You can even “talk” to the counselor anonymously through text, chat, or email if you are too uncomfortable to use Facetime or Skype. And you do not even need an appointment so what are you waiting for?
Marie Miguel has been a writing and research expert for nearly a decade, covering a variety of health- related topics. Currently, she is contributing to the expansion and growth of a free online mental health resource with BetterHelp.com.