Anxiety disorders are characterized by persistent, excessive worry or fear. While millions of Americans get affected by mental illnesses every year, a new poll by the American Psychiatric Association (APA) has reported a record increase in anxiety levels among Americans (39 percent). According to the national poll, the nation has witnessed a five-point increase in its overall anxiety score. The change is evident across all age groups, races and genders. On a scale of 0 to 100, America’s overall anxiety score stood at 51.
The respondents were asked to rate their anxiety levels for five key areas – health, relationships, politics, safety and finances. As per the results, Americans seem to be more conscious about their health, safety, finances and bill payment compared to politics and relationships. The greatest increase was recorded in anxiety toward paying bills. Among the most anxious lot to pay their bills included Hispanics, women and young adults (aged 18-34). Generation-wise, baby-boomers reported the highest jump in anxiety levels (7-point increase) followed by the millennials. Additionally, the poll also found Medicaid users to be more anxious than those carrying private insurance.
Sound mental health is essential for overall well-being
The APA poll also looked at people’s attitudes and perceptions about mental illnesses and treatment. Some 86 percent Americans believed that mental health impacts an individual’s physical health with three-quarters of Americans considering untreated mental disorders to have a significant impact on the national economy. Just a little more than half of the respondents or their families admitted to have taken professional help.
The poll also showed conflicting results in terms of the stigma attached to mental health. While about half of the adults agreed about reduction in stigma, more than one-third of the participants refused to vote for a public office candidate diagnosed with a mental illness, irrespective of the fact whether he/she underwent professional treatment or not.
According to the APA president Anita Everett, the poll shows that American adults are increasingly becoming more anxious about their health, safety and finances highlighting the need to reduce stress by incorporating healthy lifestyle habits, relaxation techniques and more time with friends and family. Some of the simple tips to reduce stress and anxiety could be recognizing the triggers, limiting intake of alcohol and caffeine, eating a well-balanced meal, taking enough sleep, laughing more often, being involved in community services and maintaining a positive attitude.
Even though the poll has a margin of error of 3.1 percent after surveying 1,004 adults from March 23-25, 2018, it doesn’t take away the fact that mental health problems are on the rise.
Comprehensive treatment for anxiety disorders
Anxiety disorders are one of the most common mental health problems in the country affecting 40 million American adults. They are treatable through comprehensive programs combining medication, behavioral therapy and alternative recovery programs.
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