According to the American Psychiatric Association, “Anxiety is a normal reaction to stress and can be beneficial in some situations. It can alert us to dangers and help us prepare and pay attention." Anxiety disorders differ from normal feelings of nervousness or anxiousness, but sometimes they can lead to excessive fear or anxiety. Anxiety disorders are the most common of mental disorders and affect nearly 30 percent of adults at some point in their lives.
Anxiety refers to anticipation of a future concern and may be associated with muscle tension and avoidance behavior. Anxiety disorders are real, serious medical conditions.
National prevalence data indicate that nearly 40 million people in the United States (18%) experience an anxiety disorder in any given year. And only about one-third of those suffering from an anxiety disorder receive treatment, even though the disorders are highly treatable. Approximately 8% of children and teenagers experience an anxiety disorder with most people developing symptoms before age 21.
According to the American Psychiatric Association, “Depression (major depressive disorder) is a common and serious medical illness that negatively affects the way you feel, the way you think and how you act."
Fortunately, it is also treatable. Depression causes feelings of sadness and/or a loss of interest in activities once enjoyed., changes in sleep, changes in appetite, lack of focus, decrease in libido and many others. It can lead to a variety of emotional and physical problems and can decrease a person’s ability to function at work and at home. Depression can happen to anyone. It can happen during any age, but mostly occurs during adulthood.
According to the American Psychiatric Association, depression affects an estimated one in 15 adults (6.7%) in any given year. And one in six people (16.6%) will experience depression at some time in their life.
According to the American Psychiatric Association, “Bipolar disorders are disorders that cause changes in a person’s mood, energy and ability to function". The National Institute of Mental Health estimates that bipolar disorder affects approximately 5.7 million adult Americans or about 2.6% of the U.S. population age 18 and older every year.
Bipolar disorder is a category that exists on a spectrum and encompasses three different conditions — Bipolar I, Bipolar II and Cyclothymic Disorder, each of which differs in presentation and level of severity.
People with bipolar disorders may have extreme and intense emotional states that occur at distinct times, called mood episodes. These mood episodes are categorized as manic, hypomanic or depressive. People with bipolar disorders generally have periods of normal mood as well. Bipolar disorders can be treated, and people with these illnesses can lead full and productive lives.
Due to societal perceptions and stereotypes many people with bipolar disorder to do not seek help. They often fear being diagnosed with bipolar disorder and worry about the potential side effects of the medications used to treat this disorder. On average, there is a 10 year delay in the diagnosis of bipolar disorder from the onset of symptoms. This can lead to devastating consequences for someone's personal, professional, financial and social lives. Getting the right treatments earlier on can mitigate these negative outcomes.
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