Anxiety disorders affect millions of Americans each year, and stress affects all of us. Nowadays, people turn to Google when they have questions so Medical Daily found the eight most popular Google searches regarding stress and anxiety.
These questions and their answers are explored below.
- Is anxiety a mental illness?
The short answer: yes. Anxiety disorders are categorized as a mental illness. In the United States, 40 million adults have an anxiety disorder – making it the most common mental illness in America.
There are a variety of anxiety disorders. Common ones include generalized anxiety disorder, social anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, panic disorder, and obsessive-compulsive disorder.
- Is anxiety harmful to your heart?
While the long-term effects of anxiety on the heart are still being researched, studies suggest that there is a connection between anxiety and heart disease.
Una McCann, a psychiatrist, said: “It’s my view and my personal clinical experience that anxiety disorders can play a major role in heart disease. I believe that a really careful look at anxiety would reveal the ways it can severely impact heart disease, both as a contributing factor and as an obstacle in recovery.”
- Is anxiety genetic?
According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, anxiety can be genetic. A family history of anxiety can put you at great risk of having an anxiety disorder yourself.
- Is anxiety treatable?
There are a variety of ways to manage and treat anxiety, such as psychotherapy and medicine. If you prefer more holistic approaches to treatment, try exercising regularly, maintaining a well-balanced diet, and getting quality sleep.
- Is stress bad for your health?
Yes, stress is bad for your health. It manifests in negative physical symptoms and ailments such as headaches, fatigue, substance abuse, social withdrawal, sleep issues, and overall feeling overwhelmed and unmotivated.
- Is stress common?
Absolutely, we all experience stress throughout our lives. Our causes of stress may differ, but we have all been in stressful situations – such as issues at work or school, loss of a loved one, or moving – but it’s important to remember that stress is different than anxiety. In fact, some stress is positive and can be motivating.
- Is stress eating real?
We all have our outlets when dealing with stress. Many people turn to food as an emotional response to stress. However, some people are the opposite and eat less.
- Is stress causing hair loss?
There are different types of hair loss and stress-related hair loss is one of them. If your hair loss is stress induced, it’s possible to grow your hair back.