What is going on? So many natural events with disastrous outcomes across the world!
Life is difficult as it is, add fires, floods, hurricanes, earthquakes, landslides and winds and it becomes overwhelming. Plus CoVID-19!
Anxiety disorders are the most common mental illness in the U.S., affecting 40 million adults in the United States age 18 and older, or 18.1% of the population every year. (SOURCE: ADAA)
What is anxiety? Tanja Jovanovic, PhD. shares the following: Anxiety is the mind and body’s reaction to stressful, dangerous, or unfamiliar situations. It’s the sense of uneasiness, distress, or dread you feel before a significant event. A certain level of anxiety helps us stay alert and aware, but for those suffering from an anxiety disorder, it feels far from normal – it can be completely debilitating.
So anxiety can protect us, but an anxiety disorder can debilitate us.
Anxiety disorders can be caused by a number of factors, including trauma, stress buildup or stress due to an illness, withdrawal from drugs or alcohol, or family history of mental health issues. Anxiety is highly treatable, but only 1/3 of those suffering from this disorder receive appropriate treatment.
A third of Americans now show signs of clinical anxiety or depression amid coronavirus pandemic. (Source: Census Bureau)
The psychological toll of natural disasters, combined with the CoVid pandemic, is alarming. For example, when screening patients for mental health problems, 24 percent showed clinically significant symptoms of major depressive disorder and 30 percent showed symptoms of generalized anxiety disorder. This is a huge jump from pre-pandemic days. It’s not normal for this many Americans to feel depressed. (SOURCE: Washington Post)
A survey by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention found people are experiencing anxiety and sadness more often than before the pandemic and are talking about mental health more frequently. Researchers have projected that without intervention, the country is poised to experience a rise in suicides, substance abuse and overdose deaths.
We are at a critical point in our nation. We are losing a generation to addiction and now we are losing more of our young people to suicide as a result of depression and anxiety.
“From a deadly pandemic to a global movement for racial justice, the year 2020 has already experienced its fair share of world-shifting events — and it is still months from being over.” The NY Post shared this article describing 2020 events so far.
Most of us were not prepared for one global disaster, let alone what we are facing now, globally, nationally, locally, and personally. If you are battling depression and anxiety, please get help. If you or someone you know needs help, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-TALK (8255). Crisis Text Line also provides free, 24/7, confidential support via text message to people in crisis when they text to 741741.
Fires, floods and hurricanes might shake us to the core, but let’s not let them steal our lives.
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