• When is fear considered normal and when is it considered a problem?
• Who suffers from anxiety disorders?
• Can people handle their anxiety disorders by themselves?
• What treatments are available for anxiety disorders?
• Where can I turn for help?
- When is fear considered normal and when is it considered a problem?
Fears are a normal part of daily life, and can help us be more focused and careful. However, there are two instances in which fears can be defined as problematic:
- When they cause significant emotional distress
- When they adversely affect our day-to-day functioningIn both of the above cases, where fears have transitioned into significant anxiety symptoms, one should seek professional help. The page that discusses treatment methods for anxiety offers a range of options for you to choose from.
- Who suffers from anxiety disorders?
Research shows that at any given time some 13% of the population suffers from some form of anxiety. Additionally, some 30% of us will suffer from some form of anxiety disorder during the course of our lifetimes. These figures demonstrate just how common anxiety disorders are. In fact, anxiety disorders are the most common form of psychopathology among both adults and children. Currently anxiety disorders are viewed to be a result of a complex combination of genetics, environment and life circumstances. As with specific physical illnesses, people may be genetically predisposed to developing an anxiety disorder, but our lifestyle and experiences will determine whether or not a predisposition to anxiety will result in significant impairment.
- Can people handle their anxiety disorders by themselves?
If your anxiety symptoms seem relatively mild you may be able to deal with it by yourself. There are many books and websites available that can help you cope with your anxieties. If you are unable to get relief, though, it is highly recommended to turn to professional help.
- What treatments are available for anxiety disorders?
- Where can I turn for help?
When turning for help it is important to seek a therapist who is well trained in the treatment of anxiety disorders. Many anxiety treatment centers are affiliated with hospitals. Other options include public mental health centers or private practitioners.