Taking over life
Everyone has a case of the nerves from time-to-time. But for Sharon, her nerves are always on high alert — especially when she encounters other people. Last week, she went to her daughter’s soccer game, and her heart started beating so hard when a few other parents approached her, she had to excuse herself. It felt like a heart attack. When she went to her doctor, she was assured that it was not a heart attack: it was a panic attack. Sharon doesn’t know what to do. She’s biting her nails down to the quick as she sits in the house worrying all day. And she just wants to make herself and her family happy.
Sharon’s story is just one of many. Anxiety disorder is one of the most common mental illnesses in the United States — affecting 40 million adults.1 But just because it’s common doesn’t mean it isn’t a burden to everyday life. Anxiety disorder is a serious problem that warrants a solution.
1Anxiety and Depression Association of America; 2014.