“Don’t worry. Be happy.”
If only it were as easy as singing a song to be free of anxiety. Reality is that panic, worry, anxiety frequently invade our minds with unanswerable questions of, “What if ?” and, “What about ?”
Whether you experience a sudden wave of panic or suffer from long-term anxiousness, there is a solution to survive and thrive. Watch as Pastor Shane delivers a practical message on surviving an anxiety attack.
STATS: Anxiety and Depression Association of America
Anxiety disorders are the most common mental illness in the U.S., affecting 40 million adults in the United States age 18 and older, or 18.1% of the population every year.
Anxiety disorders are highly treatable, yet only 36.9% of those suffering receive treatment.
Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD)
excessive anxiety for no apparent reason that lasts for 6 months or longer
- GAD affects 6.8 million adults, or 3.1% of the U.S. population, yet only 43.2% are receiving treatment. Women are twice as likely to be affected as men.
spontaneous seemingly out-of-the-blue panic attacks and very preoccupied with the fear of a recurring attack.
- Panic disorder usually begins in adulthood (after age 20), but children can also have panic disorder and many children experience panic-like symptoms (“fearful spells”).
- Affects 6 million adults, or 2.7% of the U.S. population. Women are twice as likely to be affected as men.
fear of judgment or humiliation in social situations
- affects 15 million adults, or 6.8% of the U.S. population.
- equally common among men and women and typically begins around age 13.
- 36% of people with social anxiety disorder report experiencing symptoms for 10 or more years before seeking help.
fear of a specific activity, object, or situation
- Affects 19 million adults, or 8.7% of the U.S. population.
- Women are twice as likely to be affected as men.
- Symptoms typically begin in childhood; the average age-of-onset is 7 years old.
recurring thoughts that cause specific behaviors
- Affects 2.2 million adults, or 1.0% of the U.S. population.
- Equally common among men and women.
- Average age of onset is 19, with 25 percent of cases occurring by age 14. One-third of affected adults first experienced symptoms in childhood.
severe anxiety after a traumatic event or events
- Affects 7.7 million adults, or 3.5% of the U.S. population.
- Women are more likely to be affected than men.
Anxiety disorders affect 25.1% of children between 13 and 18 years old. Research shows that untreated children with anxiety disorders are at higher risk to perform poorly in school, miss out on important social experiences, and engage in substance abuse.
Anxiety disorders are treatable, and the vast majority of people with an anxiety disorder can be helped with professional care. Several standard approaches have proved effective: therapy, medication, complementary and alternative treatments