WHO SUFFERS FROM ANXIETY?
About 13.1 Million People in the United States Suffer from
an Anxiety Disorder
Anxiety disorders are more prevalent than
alcohol or drug abuse in the U.S. Yet, only about 25% of
those who suffer actually receive treatment. Unfortunately,
the consequences of untreated anxiety could lead to various
other problems, including: acute suicide risks, alcohol
or substance abuse, depression, sexual disorders and secondary
One of the most severe forms of anxiety
consists of panic attacks: a problem we commonly treat at
our Center. Often panic attacks occur for no medically detectable
reason. Being human with imperfectly functioning physiology's,
we are all vulnerable to occasional physical symptoms such
as chest pressure or pains, rapid heartbeat, dizziness,
a case of the jitters, or feeling vaguely unsettled or "weird."
But the anxiety-prone person, rather than
ignoring those discomforts, dwells on them, magnifying and
prolonging them by thinking: "I MUST know precisely
why I'm feeling like this; I MUST be certain it's not serious;
I MUST never lose control or act crazy; I MUST not do something
stupid or look foolish; I MUST have a guarantee I'm not
going to die; I MUST not make myself look anxious."
Fired by such unrealistic notions, the anxiety-prone
individual creates out of the air, feelings of fright, while
rigidly adding uncomfortable situations and increasingly
circumscribing his or her life.
The solution consists of recognizing that
the MUSTS -- but not the preferences -- are false; and although
it would be highly preferable to avoid discomfort, it is
never a MUST. We do not always HAVE TO feel entirely comfortable
and we usually will not. Although it would prove lovely
never to unduly upset ourselves, being human and imperfect
we assuredly will some of the time.
here for the signs of Anxiety and Panic Attacks.
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