All of us have some amount of anxiety, trepidation and nervousness about things from time to time. But an anxiety disorder is a pathological problem that may manifest in different ways. One of the facts about anxiety disorder is that the symptoms could be continuous or they could be episodic and each individual’s experience of their anxiety disorder could be quite distinct from another.
Here are some facts about anxiety disorder published by the Anxiety and Depression Association that can help shed light on this mental condition:
- Though these disorders are highly treatable, only about one-third of sufferers actually get treatment.
- Anxiety disorders are the most common mental illness in the United States and an estimated 40 million individuals or 18% of the population could have them to varying degrees. As the most common mental disorder, it costs $42 billion each year, which is a third of the country’s entire mental health bill.
- Another one of the facts about anxiety disorder is that they develop due to many different reasons: there are genetic factors, individual personality traits, changes in brain chemistry as well as certain life events or a combination of these that could underlie an anxiety disorder.
- As many as half of those who have depression may have an anxiety disorder as well. The reverse is also true since these two mental disorders are very often seen to coexist. Many of the same risk factors could be responsible for both conditions which is why so many people are diagnosed with both.
- A little over 3% of the adult American population has Generalized Anxiety Disorders. Statistics show that twice as many women as men may have this condition.
- Some of the facts about anxiety disorder classifications are:
- A generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) is a long lasting anxiety focused on a particular situation or object
- In a panic attack, the individual has an episode of incense terror or fear and may have physical symptoms such as trembling, nausea, dizziness, confusion, breathing difficulty etc. In some cases, the panic attack is associated with agoraphobia and the person may avoid leaving home to avoid having another panic attack.
- Obsessive compulsive disorder, post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), separation anxiety and other childhood anxiety disorders are all anxiety disorders.
- Another one of the facts about anxiety disorder that it encompasses various phobias as well and up to 12% of the population could have some or other phobia.