Anxiety Is Real

If you suffer from anxiety, you are not alone; there’s help for you

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Rachel Ashton and Bella Trimmer

Feeling the occasional pang of anxiety is normal, but for a surprising amount of people, such feelings can control their every action. While anxiety is a worldwide epidemic, the Anxiety and Depression Association of America estimates 40 million Americans are afflicted with it, but only a third receive treatment.  

There are multiple types of treatments available for depression and anxiety which include, but are not limited to, selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) and serotonin norepinephrine reuptake inhibitor (SNRI) medications. SSRIs are more common for the treatment of anxiety and depressive disorders and SNRIs are used for the treatment depressive and mood disorders. To determine which medication dosage a patient should receive, a doctor will start you off on a low dosage and raise the dosage as needed because the disorders and medication affect patients differently.

Anxiety disorders are generally characterized by constant worry, an inability to relax and perpetual irrational fear. Many different mental disorders involve anxiety, such as generalized anxiety disorder (GAD), social anxiety disorder, panic disorder and many depressive disorders. Many Americans that are diagnosed with anxiety are also diagnosed with another mental disorder, such as depression. In fact, the two are so closely associated that if you show many signs of both disorders, you may be diagnosed with mixed anxiety-depressive disorder. According to Disorders.org, approximately 58% of patients who are diagnosed with major depression also have an anxiety disorder, and approximately 17.2% of patients with generalized anxiety disorder also have depression. These affliction can have a serious impact on job performance, school work, and relationships.  Everyone has different experiences with how their disorder affects them. Morgan Reese, a freshman at Northgate who has been diagnosed with anxiety, admits, “There have been a few friendships where they couldn’t understand what I was going through.” Grant Warner, a sophomore with anxiety, confesses, “It is hard to get a job because I go in for an interview, and then I freak out which causes me to have to leave. Then afterwards I get depressed about the fact that I left.” Due to the fact that no two people are the same, every person is affected differently by his or her anxiety. Some people continue to go to the places and engage in the events that make them anxious, while others will avoid them no matter what.

In the end, no matter how severe the person’s anxiety may be, recovery is always possible with time and treatment. One affirmation that Morgan Reese would give people who are afflicted by such disorders is, “Definitely that it gets better. Hard times aren’t forever, you know?” Grant Warner would tell people, “Don’t let your illness control your life. If you have depression and anxiety then it is not the end of the world; it can be treated.” If you are struggling with disorders like anxiety or depression, just know that you are loved and people do care about you. It will be okay.

If you think that you or a loved one may have an anxiety or depressive disorder, we urge you to go to this link below and take this mental health screening and present it to your doctor.  

http://www.mentalhealthamerica.net/mental-health-screening-tools

*See Morgan Reese’s article “Foods That Reduce Anxiety.”