Stress and anxiety may be common nowadays as people rush daily to their work and struggle to maintain the balance in their lives. Pressure is always pounding at the door and with it comes the rising anxiety which takes its toll on the psychological health of many. It is no wonder how mental illnesses and psychological problems have grown prevalent among the citizens of the most modernized and progressive countries. A particular mental condition that ranks among the top mental disorders in the United States is Anxiety Disorder. The National Institute of Mental Health or NAMI defines Anxiety Disorder as a mental illness that causes extreme fear, distress and uneasiness during pressing situations. The most common types of anxiety disorder include Social Anxiety Disorder, Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Panic Disorder and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder or OCD.
Anxiety disorders are mental illnesses that need proper treatment or it could lead to serious psychological breakdowns and can greatly affect the lives of those diagnosed with it. Sadly, there are still instances when other people misunderstand and confuse the normal anxiety with anxiety disorders.
Here are some useful facts about anxiety disorders which most people may not be aware of:
There is higher Risk for Younger People
Studies have shown that people below the age of 35 are more susceptible to anxiety disorders regardless of which country or culture they are from. This could most likely start at adolescent years as this is considered as a very critical part of the psychological development of a person and could go on until late adulthood stage as midlife crises approaches and there is the pressure to have a stable life either to settle down and have a family or to pursue a stable career.
Old People are also at Risk
Although it has been mentioned above that younger people run the higher risk for anxiety disorders, there has also been found a high risk for older people with mental decline or old age related mental illness. Alzheimer’s disease is one common type of dementia or memory deterioration which mostly occurs in old age and could cause anxiety disorders among seniors.
More Women suffer from Anxiety Disorders than Men
It seems that women’s emotional nature can also be detrimental to their mental health. Women are found to be more likely to get diagnosed with anxiety disorders than men. Pregnant women experience anxiety and there are cases of after birth or Post-partum anxiety as well.
Members of the LGBT Group are at Risk
People who identify themselves as gay, lesbian or bisexual have greater risk of having depression and anxiety disorders compared to heterosexuals. This may be attributed to discrimination, physical and psychological abuse that these people are also facing.
Anxiety Disorders also affect Physical Health
Having anxiety disorders could cause or aggravate other health conditions. Anxiety disorders characteristically manifest with physical symptoms but recent studies have found that with an unhealthy mental state, other chronic health problems could develop. Heart and respiratory diseases are among the health risks that could endanger the overall health of a person with anxiety disorders.
Other Serious Mental Illnesses could accompany Anxiety Disorders
It’s a double problem for people suffering from other mental disorders because they run the greater risk for being diagnosed with anxiety disorders too. For instance, there has been about 13% or more people with bipolar disorder in Europe that also has symptoms of anxiety disorder.