Research is clear that on-and-off anxiety symptoms, as well as diagnosable anxiety disorders, are on the rise. In fact, such an alarming number of people (even children) now deal with anxiety that the condition is being called an “epidemic.”
Just how many people have anxiety?
The Anxiety and Depression Association of America estimates that 40 million American adults have an anxiety disorder.
What is Anxiety?
Anxiety is defined as “a feeling of worry, nervousness, or unease, typically about an imminent event or something with an uncertain outcome.” While it’s common and considered totally “normal” to feel nervous from time to time, it’s not normal to feel uncontrollably worried or fearful most of the time. This is what life is like for a person with an anxiety disorder — their relationships, performance at work, family obligations and other daily activities all tend to be negatively impacted.
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Lifestyle and behaviors that can reduce anxiety symptoms:
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