All of us experience anxiety and stress at one point or another. However, when the anxiety is persistent, overwhelming, or appears to be uncontrollable, it’s time to consult a professional. Some people are more prone to certain thoughts and moods than others. They may be genetically predisposed to feel anxious. Anxiety disorders may be mild, moderate, or severe — and overcoming them takes more than “just facing your fears.”
According to the Anxiety Disorders Association of America (ADAA), it is estimated that 40 million American adults suffer from anxiety disorders. Anxiety disorders are the most common psychiatric illnesses affecting children and adults. ADAA reports that only about one-third of those suffering from an anxiety disorder receive treatment.
Anxiety disorders include: generalized anxiety disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), panic disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), social anxiety disorder (also called social phobia), and specific phobias.