All About Anxiety

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We have heard this word since the first week we started high school, “ Anxiety.” Anxiety is your body’s natural response to stress but According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA), 40 million Americans over the age of 18 are affected by anxiety, Anxiety disorders are the most common mental illness in the United States.

The most common anxiety disorder is Generalised Anxiety Disorder (GAD), an excessive and exaggerated anxiety where people worry about everyday life events with no obvious reasons for worry. However, anxiety is an umbrella term for conditions like Generalized anxiety disorder, Panic disorder, and Social anxiety disorder (social phobia).

Anxiety is caused by more than just genetics, it develops from a complex set of risk factors including brain chemistry, personality, and life events. 80 percent of kids with a diagnosable anxiety disorder are not getting treatment, according to the 2015 Child Mind Institute Children’s Mental Health Report.

Sweating a lot, second guessing yourself, having muscle tension, having trouble sleeping, often chest pain, overthinking everything, an increase in your heart rate, and your body and mind refusing to cooperate for simple everyday activities without a rational is how anxiety actually feels. Try exercising to burn off anxious energy, meditating to relax, writing/journaling to express how you feel, talking to friends who might fee the same way yo do, Aromatherapy so the calm smelling sooth you, or try spending time with cute animals because they offer love and support. And if you live In areas where medical marijuana is legal, doctors may also be able to prescribe Cannabidiol oil.

Anxiety is Usually self-diagnosable and Treatable by a medical professional, when feeling anxious try breathing in and out, taking Deep breaths to help you calm down, follow the 3-3-3 rule, and look around you and name three things you see, just do something.

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