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, and involve 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 is more associated with muscle tension and avoidance behavior. Anxiety disorders are real, serious medical conditions. Anxiety disorders are the most common and pervasive mental disorders in the United States.

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. 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.

Bipolar Disorder

According to the American Psychiatric Association, “Bipolar disorders are brain disorders that cause changes in a person’s mood, energy and ability to function. Bipolar disorder is a category that includes three different conditions — bipolar I, bipolar II and cyclothymic disorder. People with bipolar disorders 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.

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.

Due to societal perceptions and stereotypes many people with these mental disorders do not seek help. These are alarming numbers when it comes to highly prevalent and serious disorders like anxiety, depression and bipolar disorder. These disorders can hinder normal functioning in daily life. People affected by these often develop low self confidence, which in turn comes in the way of them achieving their full potential. Some cases are so severe that it leads to suicide.  Hence, it is necessary to seek treatment for anyone who’s going through any of these disorders.

We treat our patients using not only medications, but other non-traditional modalities. To book an appointment with us for yourself or someone you know, click here or call us on 954-848-2814.

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