Sunday, September 28, 2014

Anxiety and Treatment




Basic Facts about Anxiety Disorder (www.adaa.org):

  • Anxiety disorders are the most common mental illness in the U.S., affecting 40 million adults in the United States age 18 and older (18% of U.S. population).
  • Anxiety disorders are highly treatable, yet only about one-third of those suffering receive treatment.
  • Anxiety disorders cost the U.S. more than $42 billion a year, almost one-third of the country's $148 billion total mental health bill, according to "The Economic Burden of Anxiety Disorders," a study commissioned by ADAA (The Journal of Clinical Psychiatry,60(7), July 1999).
  • More than $22.84 billion of those costs are associated with the repeated use of health care services; people with anxiety disorders seek relief for symptoms that mimic physical illnesses.
  • People with an anxiety disorder are three to five times more likely to go to the doctor and six times more likely to be hospitalized for psychiatric disorders than those who do not suffer from anxiety disorders.
  • Anxiety disorders develop from a complex set of risk factors, including genetics, brain chemistry, personality, and life events.

Proper identification of anxiety disorder is the crucial first step to how a it is treated.  Anxiety Disorders must be identified and treated psychologically and possibly chemically by a psychiatrist or other medical professional. 

There are 9 categories of an Anxiety Disorder. Each one is linked to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America

The 9 Categories of Anxiety:

  1. Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD)
  2. Panic Disorder
  3. Social Anxiety Disorder
  4. Specific Phobias
  5. Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
  6. Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  7. Major Depressive Disorder
  8. Persistant Depressive Disorder (PDD)
  9. Related Illnesses 
As anxiety disorders effect 40 million Americans age 18 and older and the appropriate treatment by professionals in critical to decreasing the substance abuse / addiction epidemic in America and other countries around the world.  Self Medicating with unprescribed prescription drugs associated to treatment of anxiety / depression, alcohol and illegal drugs has become a tremendous and tragic plague across the world and is causing countries millions of dollars.  

I live a successful life with bipolar, generalized anxiety, ADHD disorder and my success is based on my Higher Power, God and my daily treatment of using strategies to not self medicate.  I have been in addiction recovery / sober for 3 1/2 years and I attribute part of my sobriety to continuously seeking professional treatment from a psychiatrist, staying connected with the recovery community and researching / reading about mental health and addiction related articles to my continued triumph.  I have an honest support group with my wife, kids, parents and they keep me humble in my sobriety and living with mental illnesses.

For the last 3 1/2 years, being properly medicated and using self help strategies, I effectively live with faith, love and hope.  Everyday is not full of cheer and bliss, but most days are positive and I have an optimistic perception of my wants and needs.  

Keeping a balance among your inner-self and how you perceive what life has to offer you, whether it be adversity or positive events, having strategies to deal with success or misfortune is a key element to 'winning' everyday.    

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