Anxiety is different from stress. Living with anxiety means living with a mental health condition in which you experience the burden of a persistently overwhelming sense of worrying. Stress can cause anxiety and vice versa. Meeting the symptoms of a diagnosable anxiety disorder means living with the influence of anxiety on your quality of life and ability to function without any stress.
Addiction and alcoholism are commonly co-occurring with anxiety disorders. Drinking alcohol and using drugs helps to numb the brain and relieve the pressure of anxious thinking. Becoming a coping mechanism, anxiety and co-occurring addiction can become a dangerous duo.
Treatment is available for both addiction and anxiety, as they are co-occurring, or as they are independent. Anxiety doesn’t mean you just have a lot of stress or worry too much. You can learn how to cope with life in a healthy and effective way.
These facts come from The Independent:
- 30% of people living with anxiety cope with it in ways that don’t include a therapist or medication. They might talk to a friend, take a walk, or use maladaptive behaviors for coping.
- Around 1 in 5 people feel anxious most of or close to most of the time.
- More women struggle with anxiety than men do.
- 45% of people who live with anxiety feel that their financial stress is the cause.
- About half of those people feel that worrying about their loved ones causes their stress and anxiety.
- The other half feel that their anxiety is caused by pressures at work.
- 16% use alcohol to cope. The number is higher for those who are unemployed
The Anxiety Centre reports that:
- 18.1% of adults in the US are affected by an anxiety disorder.
- 30% of adults are estimated to have an anxiety disorder, but are unaware they have it, have been misdiagnosed, or don’t seek treatment for an anxiety disorder they know they have.
- 41% of employed individuals feel high levels of anxiety from their workplace.
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