Anxiety: 15 Misunderstood Facts (Part 2)

We really filled you in with our first set of seven misunderstood facts about anxiety in our part one article, and we have finally returned to reveal the sequel! There really is a lot of information to grasp in trying to understand this complex condition, and we are here to fill you in with everything you need to know. Just read on to discover the top eight misunderstood facts that you didn’t know about anxiety!

Number Eight: It’s Very Common

If a loved one is considering the possibility of having anxiety, there are most likely right. This disorder is said to affect as many as 40 million people in America alone, annually. On a mass scale, it has been diagnosed to roughly 18% of the nation.

Number Seven: It Won’t Take Care of Itself

Many people mistakenly believe that “anxiety” is only an emotional phase, and call for attention. It’s not. In fact, if the disorder goes untreated for a long period of time, affected persons will be especially prone to depression, drug abuse, and suicide. It never simply resolves itself, action must be taken to control its mental effect.

Number Six: Getting to the Root

Anxiety can be caused by a number of factors, and they vary from person to person. When it comes to overcoming this condition, it is important to get to the roots of what causes your own personal anxious thoughts. Some cases can be caused by general fear or irrational panic, overthinking a number of possibilities, pessimism, fear of a certain act or concept, or a simple phobia.

Number Five: The Truth About Anxious Thoughts

One particular symptom that is evident in every single form of anxiety is the recurrence of depressive, scary, or just plain bad thoughts. No matter how hard anxious people try to fight the occurrence of these thoughts, they will always resurface, and it is completely out of their control. The result of fighting these thoughts is called thought suppression, in which a thought will only come back stronger if it is not dealt with in the first place. These thoughts can be caused by a number of cognitive reasons, but ignoring them will only exacerbate the problem.

Number Four: It Should Be Confronted, not Avoided

Similar to the importance of confronting anxious thoughts, it is also imperative that situations that cause anxious feelings should be confronted as well. For example, when people discover what causes or worsens their anxiety, they often do everything in their power to avoid that thing. By avoiding the stimuli that make you anxious, you are only allowing your brain to continue to recognize the situation as threatening and something to be feared.

Number Three: Don’t Let the Hype Get to You

If you are affected with this disorder, it is highly important to find healthy ways to cope with your symptoms. The term “cyberchondria” is coined to describe people who have, or believe they have a condition, and worsen or cause that condition by letting internet information get inside their head. The most relevant information about diagnosing or treating this disorder will come from your doctor, and your doctor only. Additionally, people with anxiety are more prone to judgement error, which can exacerbate the disorder if you become a cyberchondriac.

Number Two: Do I Have It?

If you believe that what you are experiencing may be an anxiety disorder, you shouldn’t be afraid to bring up the possibility with a trained professional, like your GP. Everyone experiences anxious thoughts at some point in their lives, like when confronting stressful or threatening situations. The key difference in determining if you have a disorder is if the panicking feeling lingers, or begins to disrupt your daily life and mental health. At that point, the possibility is worth being looked into.

Number One: Anxiety is Normal

One of the most important factors to remember when dealing with this condition is that anxious feelings are a completely normal bodily reaction to stimuli. It may be more active in some people, but there is absolutely nothing wrong with an anxious person. In reality, every single one of us experiences anxiety; it is a reaction that works to prepare our bodies and minds for a potentially threatening situation and works to boost our chances at overcoming these encounters. We hope you enjoyed exploring our list of the 15 misunderstood facts about anxiety!