Life with anxiety is incredibly difficult and can be very isolating and lonely. While we know a lot about anxiety and how to treat it, we are still learning more and more every day. Education is key. Recognising anxiety, the symptoms, and treatment options is important. This is the first step to taking a proactive approach to your mental health. Anxiety affects an estimated 40 million adults in the United States alone. However, only an estimated 36.9% receive treatment. According to the World Health Organisation, it’s thought that 1 in 13 people worldwide have an anxiety disorder.
What is anxiety?
First it’s important to point out that anxiety is a perfectly normal feeling that everyone experiences at some point in their lives. It can stem from work, finances, relationships, etc. It’s when it starts to interfere with your day-to-day life, hobbies and activities that it becomes worrisome. Simply put, anxiety is your body’s natural response to stress. However, when it’s persistent, intense and hard to manage, it could very well be an anxiety disorder. Anxiety can be a genetic thing, and while many natural things can be done to help it, may sometimes require a different kind of therapy.
What are some common symptoms of anxiety?
-nervousness, restlessness, tense
-increased heart rate
Some less common symptoms of anxiety include:
-jaw pain (Anxiety can cause you to grind or clench your teeth and jaw. This is called Bruxism.)