9 SURPRISING FACTS ABOUT ANXIETY

9 SURPRISING FACTS ABOUT ANXIETY

Anxiety: The Most Common Mental Disorder and Other Surprising Facts

More than 25 million Americans have an anxiety disorder. In fact, nearly 1 in 5 adults in the United States has an anxiety disorder. Most people think anxiety is a feeling of nervousness, unease or restlessness. It is, but it can also become overwhelming. People who have an anxiety disorder often experience intrusive, persistent thoughts that interfere with their functioning. Unfortunately, common misperceptions about anxiety persist. How many of these surprising anxiety facts do you know?

1. Anxiety can be helpful. And debilitating.

It’s completely normal—and healthy—to feel nervous and anxious before a big speech, public performance, or first date. The jitters we feel in those circumstances are the result of a heightened state of alertness. We know the stakes are high, so our bodies and brain kick into high gear. Sometimes, though, anxiety appears for no apparent reason. Some people feel panicky when they leave the house. Others feel a nearly constant level of concern that makes it difficult to function and enjoy life. If your anxiety interferes with your daily activities, you may have an anxiety disorder.

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