You have to know that anxiety and panic affect 68 million people each year. It is the most common mental health problem of our time. I want you to think about that number - 68 million. Nearly 23% of Americans experience enough stress from life that it affects them physically. And, that's a moderate estimate. Some of us believe because anxiety is looked at by some as a personal weakness it's not talked about or admitted by those who have anxiety, therefore the number is much larger.
Chances are several people you know have anxiety. Many of them hide the problem because they're afraid to admit it. They think in terms of rejection and loss. Loss of opportunity, love, and relationships which makes things worse for them.
If you were to look out the window of the tallest building in any major metropolitan city with a million or more people it would be hard to believe that 200,000 to 300,000 people are gripped by anxiety.
Naturally, you'd have to believe that if anxiety affects so many people it must affect celebrities, stars, and even world leaders. You are correct. Oprah Winfrey, Kim Basinger, Stephen Colbert, Kim Kardashian West, Adele, Nicholas Cage, Abraham Lincoln, Winston Churchhill, Howie Mandel, Barbara Streisand, and so many others struggled with anxiety. Some still struggle.
There is no reason to feel apprehensive to admit you have anxiety. Twenty to thirty percent of the people around you have it. One of the most freeing moments of my life was when I admitted to myself and others that I had anxiety. Admitting you have anxiety brings a world of good.
First, it relieves the stress of hiding it. Second, talking about it with others is healing. I know when I began to share my struggle with others I immediately felt better.
Much like physical infection anxiety is like an infection of the mind, once you let it out you begin to feel better. Of course, it best to get professional attention when dealing with any ailment, but my point is that tension and relief sets in once you free the secret.
You unquestionably are not alone with this struggle, and the good news is that since the problem has reached critical mass medical science and psychology is making tremendous progress. That's something to be excited about.
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