I have anxiety.
According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, Anxiety is THE MOST common mental health disorder in the US. Here are a couple facts I pulled from their website.
- 18.1% of the population is affected by anxiety disorder.
- Only 36.9% of people suffering from anxiety receive treatment.
- Anxiety disorders develop from a COMPLEX set of risk factors including GENETICS, LIFE EVENTS, and BRAIN CHEMISTRY.
Why do I put these stats up? To tell you guys two things.
- You’re not alone, even when you think you are. The public has stigmatized anxiety in such a negative way. You may think that you “just worry a lot” or “you feel anxious but for no reason” but the truth is… you’re not really that special (no offense!)
- You are not broken. Anxiety, just like any other illness, is due to an imbalance of chemicals within our brains and bodies. Certain life events make trigger this imbalance, or maybe we are more genetically prone to developing anxiety. However, it is an illness that can be fixed, or at least managed.
So. I have anxiety. I have generalized anxiety disorder, Panic disorder, and PTSD. That is quite the mixed bag of emotions. I used to be ashamed to talk about it, but then I realized that if we keep stigmatizing mental illnesses, that number of people not seeking help is just going to increase and increase.
People who have diabetes manage their disease, and we can manage ours as well. I hope they you realize that you’re not alone, and I am honestly always here to talk.
My email is firstname.lastname@example.org and my inbox is always open.
Have a nice Friday,