The Effects of Anxiety: From Symptoms to Prevention

The Effects of Anxiety: From Symptoms to Prevention

You all have heard the term “anxiety”, however, what you may not be aware of is that simple day-to-day “anxiety”/unease and anxiety disorders have many differences. The thing about anxiety is that, in any case, it is unpleasant. Most know how it feels. For a person with an anxiety disorder, stepping out of the house or talking to a family member; even the smallest things, that might be as normal as breathing for us, trigger feelings of anxiety.

FIt is expressed as an excessive fear or anxiety. But with every mental disorder or illness, anxiety disorders have various and highly efficacious treatments, allowing the people affected by it, to lead healthier and productive lives.

Triggers of Anxiety

Anxiety can often be triggered by concerns about the future or a vicious cycle of cognition that the individual might have become comfortable with. These feelings can occur due to something that might be considered as an immediate threat to us or our mental well-being.

Statistics of Anxiety

It has been found that 5-10% of the population appears to have anxiety at any given time. Furthermore, it might be found that out of that 5-10 %, the numbers include more women than men. However, this disorder can adversely affect a person life, from things like housework or to their professional settings.

Types of Anxiety Disorders

There are many types of anxiety disorders such as:

  • Generalized Anxiety Disorder
  • Panic Disorder
  • Phobias/Specific Phobias
  • Agoraphobia
  • Social Anxiety Disorder
  • Separation Anxiety Disorder

As with any disease, this mental disorder could be accompanied by many other conditions as well, such as Post-traumatic stress disorder, acute stress disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder and/or adjustment disorder.

A method of treatment

However, anxiety disorders can be treated and have been successfully treated for people who have sought help. Through the use of CBT (cognitive-behavioral therapy) or in some cases the use of medication is also encouraged to help with the therapeutic process.

Up-to-Date with Anxiety Disorders

Recent researches have found that Anxiety disorders could lead to chronic pain (pain that lasts over 12 weeks). A research conducted by the University of Columbia found that many people with mood disorders or anxiety had mentioned chronic pain as well.

Occurrence rate of Anxiety

It has become widespread and is increasing worldwide. The findings of the study were interesting; it was found that chronic pain was reported by 50%, next was a respiratory disease (33%) and then arthritis and cardiovascular disease 11% of the participants.

Recognizing Anxiety

This research is extremely important in today’s medical world because it shows what general physicians might need to start to consider when treating or diagnosing their patients. This goes on to show a correlation between physical and psychological illnesses.

Hence it needs to be brought to the attention of the public so that they too may be able to better understand what they might be going through. Mental health eventually does seep onto the surface of physical health that can be seen or observed, even if it is a person’s coping mechanism or their physical health.

Things to look out for

With many mental health issues, many of them affect our appetites or our sleeping patterns and motivational patterns, hence keeping an eye on those and sudden changes in our behavior can help keep us in better mental and physical shape.

All in All

Anxiety disorders are prevalent in more than 30% of our global populations and are the third leading mental illness. Its onset could be due to biological or environmental factors, however one must remember that getting help for this disorder will more often than not lead to better coping mechanisms and lesser anxiety through the support of the proper professional that can provide a safe space, especially when it comes to anxiety evident in children due to plenty of stressful factors in their environment.

It’s important to talk about this illness as it is increasing as every generation passes by due to fast paced life and constant stress of the future that is ingrained in everybody’s mind.


The author is a Medical Microbiologist and healthcare writer. She is a post-graduate of Medical Microbiology and Immunology. She covers all content on health and wellness including weight loss, nutrition, and general health. Twitter @Areeba94789300

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