Living with and Managing Anxiety Disorders
Since 1946, Mental Health America and other affiliate groups in the country have led the country in observing May as the mental health month, reaching millions through the media, events and screenings. The theme for 2016, “Life with a Mental Illness,” is especially significant for those who live with mental health issues. The organization will look to have people share what living with mental illness feels like for them in their own words. However, such expression never comes easy, especially for those with anxiety disorders. For many suffering from anxiety disorders, the fear of speaking up almost always gets in the way of them getting help and treatment.
Understanding Anxiety Disorders
Individuals with anxiety disorders might suffer from one of the following types of disorders, each with their own characteristics.
Severe physical or emotional trauma from natural disaster, accidents, crime, or war might also result in post-traumatic stress disorder. Their thoughts, feelings, and behavioral patterns suddenly become seriously affected by reminders of the stressful event, a trend which might go on for months or even years after the traumatic experience.
Life without Treatment
The stigma surrounding mental health and anxiety disorders often gets in the way of afflicted people seeking help. The fear or shame associated with mental health treatment is understandable, but those who do not receive treatment end up putting a lot of strain not only on themselves, but also on the people around them.
Untreated disorders affect relationships. Individuals with anxiety disorders might feel misunderstood and end up feeling irritable. Others find it difficult maintaining relationships with constant worry, which causes further strain and adds to the anxiety. Untreated disorders might end up causing other mental disorders, like depression or substance abuse. Individuals with such disorders, left untreated, are at a high risk of suicide or behaviors that cause self-harm. Mental disorders might also affect careers, with the resultant life of isolation and fear affecting a person’s ability to go to work and interact with workmates or clients. Loss of livelihoods or a decline in performance might lead to a cycle of depression, drug use, and further mental disorders.
There Is Hope
Dealing with anxiety related mental health disorders might seem difficult, but there is hope; with proper treatment, one can control these disorders and live a relatively normal life. We have highly trained professionals within our ranks, who offer help and treatment. Our experts are able to determine the best method to control symptoms and treat anxiety disorders, using such therapies as cognitive therapy, behavioral therapy, and psychotherapy. With proper treatment, the majority of individuals who suffer from anxiety disorders are able to reduce or eliminate their symptoms in a matter of months. Do not be afraid to seek help for fear of ridicule or being a burden, as we are here, ready and waiting to help without judgment.