The Effects Of Anxiety

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Anxiety is the most common mental illness in the United States. As many as 40 million Americans, ages eighteen and older have an anxiety disorder. This is equal to about 18% of the total population of the U.S (Marvelous, 2013). For many people, anxiety has a huge effect on the way they live their daily lives. Many people just believe that anxiety is all made up and that people who have it re unreasonable. But in reality it is a very serious disorders that often has very serious effects. However, with the discovery of the cause and proper treatment, the anxiety can be managed.
Anxiety can present itself in many different forms. Many people think anxiety itself is a disorder, but, there are actually specific anxiety fueled disorders. The first
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With this disorder, one experiences constant anxiety for a long period of time. Most people with this disorder have a hard time concentrating on other things and because of this, their lives become focused on their worry. OCD, also known as obsessive compulsive disorder, is another major anxiety disorder. With OCD people are constantly taken over by unwanted obsessions. They feel like they have to submit to these obsessions. An example of this would be a man who has to open and shut a door 10 times before entering or exiting through it. Many people have a hard time functioning in their daily lives because of this (Feldman, 2013). The final main anxiety disorder is Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. People who have PTSD most often have had a traumatizing experience. This disorder is very common amongst military veterans. An example would be that a military veteran might hear thunder and freak out thinking that is guns being fired. They are constantly being brought back to the traumatic experience in their head against their will. These anxiety disorders have similar symptoms, including: attacks of intense fear, muscle tension, nausea, fainting, suicidal thoughts, and the feeling of choking. Because of these symptoms many people decide to take their own lives so they …show more content…
In a recent research report it was found that in palliative care, that over 50% of people with COPD and CHF had large amounts of anxiety. Also, 25% of people with cancer have anxiety. This can cause hyperthyroidism (Stoklosa et al.,2011). Another large effect of anxiety is that of children. When new mothers have anxiety it can greatly affect their children’s development. In a recent study it was found that children ages two-three who’s mothers had high anxiety, the children had abnormal development of their motor and communication skills (Ibanez et al.,2015). Another physical effect of anxiety is depression. Sometimes with anxiety depression comes hand in hand. When depression and anxiety are mixed, then new effects come, such as loss of appetite, insomnia, and suicidal thoughts (“How Worrying Affects Your Body”,

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