Mental Health and Anxiety Disorders – What is the Social Impact?

How much is the impact upon mental health due to anxiety disorders? Most sufferers will tell you that the impact is hard to live with. This article looks at the importance and impact of anxiety disorders on the mental health of sufferers.

Anxiety may be a long lasting characteristic if not dealt with properly. It may also be aggravated by working long hours or overtime. Millions and millions of people all over the world are suffering from social phobia disorders. Social problems that were experienced while growing up can contribute to anxiety and mood disorders in later life. Anxiety and depression is also prevalent during pregnancy.

The mental health impact of anxiety disorders is that it can interfere with your daily life and make it difficult to cope with everyday activities, feelings and thoughts. You may feel anxious and uneasy most of the time for no discernible reason. You may even experience a panic attack if you are anxious and stressed too much.

Anxiety disorders are the common cold of mental health problems. It can be broken down into the following categories.

Generalized Anxiety Disorder
Panic Disorder
Social Phobia
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
Do you know it is estimated that anxiety disorders may cost the United States of America around 40 billion dollars a year in health care costs? Social phobias appear to be the most common followed by post-traumatic stress, panic and obsessive compulsive disorder.
Medication may be prescribed by a health care provider to help lessen the anxiety symptoms. You may also receive some psychotherapy. The best approach involves both drug and cognitive-behavioral treatments. This is because mental health anxiety disorders are not caused exclusively by biochemical imbalances.

The possible causes of anxiety attacks and other nervous disorders are numerous. It seems that genetics and family history plays a role. Exposure to long-term stress, traumatic events and poor coping routines will contribute to the development of these disorders.

Mental health anxiety disorders are treatable even though the recovery process may take time. Learning to handle stress and establishing better thought patterns can help you with the recovery process.

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