who suffers from anxiety

Who suffers from Anxiety?


There are many types of anxiety or stress.  We all handle stress in different ways.  Below are some examples of classic anxious behaviour.

who suffers from anxiety

  1. John works in IT at a law firm.  He worries every time he is given a deadline. He thinks if his firm needs to cut costs he will get fired first as he perceives his colleagues are more competent than him.  John works late every night to show how hard working he is.  He likes to check things several times to make sure he has not made a mistake.

  2. Sue is afraid of leaving her local area.  Whenever she is asked to go further afield she declines.  Holidays abroad are totally out of the question.

  3. Sarah is a stay at home mum with 3 kids.  She is finding it increasingly difficult to go to busy places.  When she goes shopping she finds it difficult to breathe and feels paranoid.  Recently whilst standing in a queue to pay for something whilst her children were being naughty, she felt an overwhelming need to escape due to a sensation of fear.

  4. Simon dreads visiting his mum.  The house reminds him of his childhood when he use to see his ex-stepfather abusing his mum.  Whenever he enters the house he gets flashbacks from the painful memories.  He often self medicates with alcohol to numb the pain.

  5. Jane is a high achiever.  By 35 yrs old she has made company director.  However the ever increasing workload is causing her issues.  She is finding sleeping difficult.  She is beginning to question her abilities, and is finding giving presentations at work more and more anxious.

  6. James on the surface has a good life.  But underneath he suffers from obsessive thoughts about terrible things happening to his family.  He finds he has to do rituals or else he thinks something bad will happen to them.

  7. Sandra seems to have lost all passion for life.  Her friends and family irritate her.  Her work is boring and her colleagues just gossip all the time instead of working.  Sandra has been feeling ever increasing symptoms in her body like, headaches, nausea, palpitations, hot-flushes, etc.  She is starting to think something is seriously wrong with her.   

As you can see boyfriends, girlfriends, husband, wives and children all suffer from anxiety.

When we are confronted by painful thoughts, worries or memories it is natural to want to push them away.  Unfortunately, human beings are not very good at not thinking of something else.

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You can try this for yourself:
For the next 30 seconds, try as hard as you can not to think of a white bear.
Count how many times you think of a white bear.
You will probably ­find that it’s quite difficult.
The more we try to NOT think of something, the more we end up thinking about it.

Furthermore, once we have stopped trying-not-to-think-of-something there is a tendency to think more than usual about that thing.  This is sometimes called the ‘rebound effect’.

Anxiety the Modern Epidemic

Anxiety disorders are very common. In a survey covering Great Britain, 1 in 6 adults had experienced some form of ‘neurotic health problem’.  The most common neurotic disorders were anxiety and depressive disorders. More than 1 in 10 people are likely to have a ‘disabling anxiety disorder’ at some stage in their life. An estimated 13% of the adult population will develop a specific form of anxiety known as a phobia at some point in their life. Large scale studies have suggested that around 2.5% of people are likely to experience OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder) at some point in their life.

A recent World Health Organization (WHO) study compared depression with angina, asthma, diabetes and concluded that the impact of depression on a person’s functioning was 50% more serious than the impact of any of the four physical conditions. At present 40% of disability worldwide is due to depression and anxiety. The most recent Psychiatric Morbidity Survey indicates that there are some 6 million people in the UK (approximately 3 million with depression as their primary problem and 3 million with an anxiety disorder). 25% of those with a common mental health problem are currently receiving treatment for it. This falls to just 15% of people with mixed anxiety and depression – the most common anxiety-related diagnosis. 1.7% more of the population of England (15% compared to 13.3%) were experiencing an anxiety-related common mental health disorder in 2007, compared to 1993. This is a percentage rise of 12.8% over 14 years. 800,000 more UK adults would have qualified for the diagnosis of an anxiety disorder in 2007 than in 1993.

If you would like more information then please go to http://www.anxietyuk.org.uk/about-anxiety/frequently-asked-questions/

The statistics in the America are not any better.

Anxiety Disorders

Anxiety disorders include panic disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, and phobias (social phobia, agoraphobia, and specific phobia).

Approximately 40 million American adults ages 18 and older, or about 18.1 percent of people in this age group in a given year, have an anxiety disorder.

Anxiety disorders frequently co-occur with depressive disorders or substance abuse.

Most people with one anxiety disorder also have another anxiety disorder. Nearly three-quarters of those with an anxiety disorder will have their first episode by age 21.

Panic Disorder

Approximately 6 million American adults ages 18 and older, or about 2.7 percent of people in this age group in a given year, have panic disorder.

Panic disorder typically develops in early adulthood (median age of onset is 24), but the age of onset extends throughout adulthood.

About one in three people with panic disorder develops agoraphobia, a condition in which the individual becomes afraid of being in any place or situation where escape might be difficult or help unavailable in the event of a panic attack.
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