Anxiety disorders are more common today than any other era in history. Anxiety-related disorders such as Generalised Anxiety Disorder (GAD), Obsessive Compulsive Disorders (OCD), panic disorder, depression, Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD), Social Anxiety Disorder (SAD) and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) are all at a record high.
Studies have shown that anxiety-related disorders affect up to fifteen percent of the population at any one time. This is a huge amount of people if you think about it.
One of the reasons for the increase is because anxiety disorders are complex. Their diagnosis, prevention and treatment can be very challenging to get right.
Here are some of the reasons why anxiety disorders are complex:
- It is difficult to figure out a difference between anxiety disorder and other mental health disorders.
- They are not always straightforward to identify early.
- Anxiety symptoms are fond of mixing up with symptoms of other psychological or physical conditions in the body system, making accurate identification challenging.
- Anxiety symptoms are known to love to remodel and restyle themselves. In order words, what you get this week might be different from what you experience next week.
- Anxiety, being a mental health condition, can disguise in some physical symptoms, making it confusing to many people.
- Many people with anxiety disorders struggle with disclosing their condition because of the fear of stigmatisation. This often leads to a deep-rooted anxiety condition later in life.
If you are worried whether or not you have anxiety disorder, the following common symptoms may be helpful:
- Frequent urination
- Dry mouth
- Problem in concentrating
- Difficulty in remembering things
- Feeling unreal
- Constant fearful thoughts and worry
- Muscular tension
In my subsequent posts in this series, I will attempt to examine different types of anxiety disorders that we have and highlight how you can easily identify each one of them, as well as what the most effective intervention techniques and treatments are.
In the meantime, you can start by paying attention to your symptoms so that you will be able to accurately ascertain your own condition and its best treatment.
To find out more about anxiety and how you can eliminate it, you may download my free anxiety recovery pdf (If you’ve not done so already); The Essential Guide to Anxiety Panic Recovery. It is absolutely free! Many people have found it very useful.
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