Anxiety Disorders in the United States

e've all dealt with stress and anxiety in our lives. Whether it be from an upcoming test, deadlines at work, or struggling with physical health issues. But it's important to understand the difference between "everyday anxiety" compared to anxiety disorders.

Anxiety disorders are constant or ongoing fears of things that don't pose any real threat or harm. In other words, the fear felt can be deemed as irrational or illogical, but that doesn't make the fear any less real.

Those struggling with anxiety often even admit their constant fear is silly and not rational. Even though the conscious mind can clearly articulate the anxiety, and understand why it's not a threat, it doesn't make the fear go away. Also, despite where the fear comes from, the symptoms are the same. Those with anxiety may experience extreme terror, rapid heartbeat, difficulty breathing, or may feel like the world is closing in on them.

Anxiety cannot be treated overnight, but there are treatment options with strong success track records. Some of the most common treatments include therapy, medication, a balanced diet, exercise, and mindfulness practices.

Mindful Searching takes a deep look at the prevalence of anxiety in the United States and how that compares to anxiety disorder rates worldwide. This anxiety disorder infographic explains the most common types of anxiety and how they differ among races and countries. You'll also see some first-hand examples of what it's like to experience everyday anxiety vs. an anxiety disorder.

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