Watch what it feels like to be in the mind of someone with an anxiety disorder for three minutes:
HOW YOU CAN HELP SOMEONE STRUGGLING:
- Learn the steps to help a friend through an anxiety attack here.
- Learn how to be in a romantic or platonic relationship with someone with a mental obstacle here.
- Become a Mental Health First Aider here.
There are many types of anxiety disorders. Click to read more about each issue listed below.
Generalized Anxiety Disorder
Social Anxiety Disorder
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
Major Depressive Disorder
Persistent Depressive Disorder
And tag-along-problems such as:
Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
Adult ADHD (attention deficit/hyperactive disorder)
BDD (body dysmorphic disorder)
- Anxiety is the most common mental obstacle in the United States.
- Anxiety disorders develop from a complex set of risk factors, including genetics, brain chemistry, personality, and life events
- Over the last 20 years, research has shown that humans breathe faster and more shallow because our society has become more complex. This explains the increase in anxiety disorders.
Because of the commonness of these disorders, TSIB felt it necessary to spread awareness so the world can not be scared of people who are already scared, and so people living with these disorders can find relief in being open, rather than feeling the need to keep it a secret.
- Health care for anxiety treatment costs the U.S. more than $42 billion per year, almost one third of the country’s $148 billion budget for mental health.
- $22 billion of this is associated with repeated use of health care services. People with anxiety disorders seek relief from symptoms that mimic physical illnesses (i.e. shortness of breath, nausea, IBS, feelings of being faint, etc).
- We get our facts here.
TSIB is promoting alternative methods of coping and treating these problems, versus spending billions on medication. Read more about alternative methods here.
- National Institute of Mental Health site here.
- President Obama speaks at the National Conference on Mental Health here.