Anxiety Disorder - Julianna Chen
- What is the characterization or definition of your mental illness?
Anxiety is often characterized by nervousness, worry or stress, sometimes linked with panic attacks, phobias, etc. Dictionary.com defines it as “distress or uneasiness of mind caused by fear of danger or misfortune”
- How many people are affected by your mental illness?
About 18 percent of the population 18 or older have anxiety in the U.S, that is 40 million adults. Also, anxiety usually affects around 1 in 8 children. Often, anxiety is accompanied with another form of anxiety. It has been found that 6 million, 2.7% of our population has panic disorders, 15 million, 6.8% have social anxiety and 19 million, 8.7% have specific phobias.
- How can someone tell if they have your mental illness?
Someone can tell if they have anxiety by paying attention to how they are feeling throughout the day. If you constantly feel worried, nervous, or fearful you could have anxiety. Other symptoms such as restlessness, cold/sweaty hands, fast heart rate, tense muscles, and nausea are also common. If you suspect that you have anxiety, you can visit a doctor and they can run several tests.
- What treatments exist to treat your mental illness?
There are several treatments that have been created to fit the needs of different people. Medication has been created to lessen your symptoms of anxiety. In addition, psychotherapy is available which helps people deal with the emotional aspect of the illness. Similarly, Cognitive-behavioral therapy assists with the changes made in your everyday life. Different therapies are also available.
- How can people get help for the treatment of your mental illness?
People can get help for the treatment of anxiety by going to a trusted doctor to run tests. You can also go to a guidance counselor or a parent or guardian. They all are looking for your best interest to help you.
- What resources are available to help gain knowledge about your mental illness?
Some great resources are available online to educate others about anxiety as well. Here are a few that I was able to use for my research.