Most times when we talk about disabilities we think physical and often leave out cognitive or intellectual disabilities. In a time where we are constantly talking about over stimulation and anxiety, it is important that we look at these disabilities as well.
The National Institute of Mental Health has estimated that roughly 18.1% of Americans have an anxiety disorder. That number feels small doesn’t it? Until you realize that 18.1% is 40 MILLION Americans. 40 Million is a lot! That’s adults between the ages of 18-54years old. There are additional estimates that put that number much higher at 30% due to the fact that a lot of people will not seek help for an anxiety disorder. According to The Economic Burden of Anxiety Disorders, a study commissioned by the ADAA and based on data gathered by the association and published in the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, anxiety disorders cost the U.S. more than $42 billion a year, almost one third of the $148 billion total mental health bill for the U.S. More than $22.84 billion of those costs are associated with the repeated use of healthcare services, as those with anxiety disorders seek relief for symptoms that mimic physical illnesses. People with an anxiety disorder are three-to-five times more likely to go to the doctor and six times more likely to be hospitalized for psychiatric disorders than non-sufferers. Anxiety and anxiety related conditions negatively impact individuals and our society, yet few seek and receive good help:
- Approximately 30 percent of the adult population in North America have anxiety unwellness issues (anxiety disorder)
- Only one third will receive treatment, and of those, only ten percent will receive proper treatment.
- Those who experience anxiety have a very high propensity for drug abuse and addictions.
Anxiety sufferers are encouraged to seek help. Only through proper help can lasting health be attained. Many believe that their condition will “just go away”. Unfortunately, the reverse is true. The longer the condition remains, the more entrenched it becomes, and the more difficult it is to resolve. Seeking proper help early provides the best results.
Sometimes we can’t even see the issue in ourselves. Remember the old bible adage “it takes a village to raise a child”? The same can be said for general living. If you notice a loved one struggling with anxiety, say something in a kind and loving manner. Only by wrapping our arms around those we love and changing I to We do we obtain true wellness.