Did you know that 18.1 million American adults are currently diagnosed with a form of anxiety disorder? And what’s worse, this is only the number of known cases. Estimates put this number at around 30 million people. Most people who suffer from an anxiety disorder never seek help or are even aware that they have a problem. Anxiety disorders cost the U.S. about $42 billion a year of the total $148 billion for mental healthcare.
Types of anxiety disorders
First, it should be mentioned that it is quite normal to feel some anxiety in stressful situations. Anxiety can be beneficial because it makes people think harder and reevaluate before they spring into action. However, when it becomes a chronic problem, it may be advisable to find help. Some types of anxiety disorder include panic disorder, post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), social anxiety disorder, phobic disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), separation anxiety disorder and generalized anxiety disorder (GAD). GAD is the most commonly diagnosed disorder in the United States and it affects mostly women.
Anxiety and physical illness
Anxiety often causes a range of other illnesses and disorders such as gastrointestinal disorders and respiratory problems, and it is a major contributor in driving people to substance abuse. Many will reach for drugs or alcohol to number their feelings in hopes of somehow making it through the day. Anxiety can also be hereditary, and many people will find that it runs in their family. People as young as 11 years old have been diagnosed with some form of anxiety disorder.
Anxiety and diet
There are a number of ways to treat anxiety disorders. The most common is therapy with a certified counselor, figuring out coping strategies either on your own or with the help of a loved one, and mindfulness work like yoga, meditation or acupuncture. What is often overlooked, however, is a person’s diet. Just like a balanced diet made of whole foods contributes to…