Mental health disorders are often misunderstood and stigmatized, and anxiety disorders are no exception. Self explores five common misconceptions about anxiety.
1. Anxiety is common.
Anxiety is the most common mental health disorder in the United States. The Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA) found that 40 million American adults 18 and older suffer from an anxiety disorder.
2. Extroverted people have anxiety, too.
Anxiety is not an issue only introverted people face and should not be misconstrued with shyness. Introverted people get their energy from themselves, while extroverted people get their energy from other people. Introversion does not make someone more likely to suffer an anxiety disorder.
3. It is a real health issue.
Anxiety is a physiological issue that manifests differently in each case. While symptoms may differ, it is always mentally and physically exhausting. Anxiety requires care like any physical ailment.
4. You may not recognize the symptoms.
An anxiety disorder comes with an array of symptoms, and it does not always manifest as apparently as an anxiety attack. While attacks do occur, common and less obvious symptoms are fatigue, restlessness, anger, and an inability to concentrate.
5. It can be treated.
The ADAA reports that roughly one-third of people with anxiety are receiving treatment. This statistic is surprisingly low since anxiety disorders are often treatable.
If you think you have anxiety, please talk to a professional and know that help is available and treatment is possible.