The outbreak of the coronavirus (COVID-19) is stressful for many people but for 40 million Americans living with fear and anxiety, stress is a normal part of life. For some individuals, it can interfere with or limit their ability to carry out major life activities.
The term "anxiety" pertains to feelings of apprehension and fear, characterized by physical symptoms such as palpitations, sweating, and excessive stress. Anxiety can also lead to other physical issues including fatigue, insomnia, trouble concentrating, and irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).
While there are various types of anxiety disorders, research indicates that most are driven by a person’s negative response to unpleasant feelings and situations. The five major types are: Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD), Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), Panic Disorder, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Social Anxiety Disorder. Anxiety Disorders Treatment.
When a person’s primary symptom is anxiety, it may be referred to as Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD) which is different from normal feelings of anxiousness.
Individuals with GAD often worry uncontrollably about one thing several times per day for months on end. This can happen even when there isn’t a reason to worry. While the person is aware they are worrying unnecessarily, they are unable to explain the cause of their anxiety.
According to Medical News Today, GAD affects around 6.8 million people in the U.S. — or more than 3 percent of the country’s adults. Furthermore, the World Health Organization (WHO), reports 1 in 13 globally suffers from some form of anxiety.
What can you do if you feel anxious?
If you are dealing with anxiety on a regular basis, try one or all of the following non-pharmaceutical solutions.
For many people, a combination of anxiety management techniques work best in combination with traditional methods, like medication and talk therapy. If you are struggling with anxiety, remember there is no “one size fits all" treatment, and it may take time to find the best treatment that works for you.
Reprinted from Center for Disease Control and Prevention
The outbreak of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) may be stressful for people. Fear and anxiety about a disease can be overwhelming and cause strong emotions in adults and children. Coping with stress will make you, the people you care about, and your community stronger.
Stress during an infectious disease outbreak can include:
People who may respond more strongly to the stress of a crisis include:
Taking care of yourself, friends, and family can help you cope with stress and make your community stronger.
Ways to cope with stress:
Need help? Know someone who does?
If you, or someone you care about, are feeling overwhelmed with emotions like sadness, depression, or anxiety, or feel like you want to harm yourself or others, call 911.