While many people suffer from worry, sometimes, worry can interfere with daily activities. That’s when worry can become full-blown anxiety. Anxiety disorders are real medical conditions that are no less serious than physical disorders such as heart disease or diabetes.
Knowing more about it is a good way to make sure you can deal with it either in yourself or in others, so here are some facts you may not have known about anxiety.
32. Level of Worry
It’s normal to worry, but general worriers tend to spend an average of 55 minutes a day worrying. People with anxiety disorders spend over 300 minutes a day worrying.
31. More Than One Type
There are many variations of anxiety such as generalized anxiety disorder (GAD), social anxiety, panic disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), different phobias, and obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD).
30. Asking for Help
Many people with social anxiety disorder report experiencing symptoms for ten years or more before seeking help.
29. An Early Start
One third of adults with OCD experience symptoms in childhood.
28. Risks to Kids
Anxiety disorders affect 1 in 8 children. Children with anxiety disorders are at higher risk to perform poorly in school, miss out on important social experiences, and engage in substance abuse.
27. Physical Symptoms
Anxiety can cause a number of physical symptoms, especially during a panic attack. These symptoms include shortness of breath, shaking, nausea, headaches, rapid heartbeat, dizziness and more.
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