More On Anxiety And Related Disorders
Anxiety disorders are the most common illnesses in the United States–and its rising every day–affecting 40 million adults or 18.1% of the population every year. Unfortunately, only 37% of those reporting these anxiety disorders seek and receive treatment. And those that do seek treatment, anxiety is a difficult condition to treat effectively–given the related disorders that commonly co-occur with anxiety–and as such has high relapse rates. Another unfortunate complication with anxiety treatments, specifically pharmaceutical treatment, is the difficult task of prescribing medicines that treat the specific condition and do so without reinforcing the high relapse rate due to withdrawal from treatment because of discomfort, a wide-range of negative side-effects from drug therapies, or frustrating treatment plans.
Anxiety also has several different symptoms that can vary for each individual also making treatment difficult. It can manifest physically (irregular heartbeats, abdominal pain and discomfort, and headaches), mentally (negative thoughts and suicide ideation), behaviorally (aggression, restlessness, and insomnia), and emotionally (fear and anger). Because anxiety can have such a broad mental and physical effect on an individual, its diagnosis may be a relatively easy task but developing the correct treatment plan for an individual can prove difficult.