Navigating Anxiety + Your Journey

Anxiety and your journey

How common is anxiety?

According to The Anxiety and Depression Association of America, anxiety disorders are the most common mental illness in the United States, impacting 40 million adults a year. (18.1% of the population.) It’s worth noting that less than 40% of those with anxiety disorders seek treatment. When we break the numbers down into specific anxiety disorders, we find that Generalized Anxiety Disorder affects 6.8 million adults, or 3.1% of the U.S. population, Panic Disorder affects 6 million adults, or 2.7% of the U.S. population, and Social Anxiety Disorder affects 15 million adults, or 6.8% of the U.S. population. Notably, women are twice as likely as men to experience anxiety disorders. Anxiety often co-occurs (happens in combination) with major depressive disorder for all genders.

What are the symptoms of Generalized Anxiety Disorder?

  • Feeling restless, wound-up, or on-edge

  • Being easily fatigued

  • Having difficulty concentrating; mind going blank

  • Being irritable

  • Having muscle tension

  • Difficulty controlling feelings of worry

  • Having sleep problems, such as difficulty falling or staying asleep, restlessness, or unsatisfying sleep

Different forms of anxiety

When we talk about anxiety, we are generally referring to Generalized Anxiety Disorder. However, there are several different categories of anxiety that one may suffer from. A few types of anxiety include:

  • Panic Disorder: people with panic disorder experience unexpected panic attacks, which feel like a sudden onset of intense fear and anxiety. Symptoms of a panic attack include increased heart rate or heart palpitations, sweating, trembling, shortness of breath, and overall impending sense of doom and loss of control.

  • Phobia: an intense fear or aversion to a specific thing or situation. Social anxiety is considered a phobia-related disorder.