It is estimated that in an average of 4 people, one of them is bound to experience anxiety at one point in their lives, and if you have ever experienced anxiety then you clearly understand how devastatingly down the effects of this disorder can get you.
Anxiety can block many people’s ability to enjoy moments in their life as all they do is be anxious all the time. It helps to understand what anxiety is all about. There are various facts about anxiety that most people don’t know and that’s what we are going to talk about here.
1. Anxiety Can be Influenced by Diet
The “American Journal of Psychiatry” published a journal anxiety can be influenced by diet. The study stated that people who follow a good diet that consists of fruits, vegetables, fish, whole grains, and meat don’t experience as much anxiety as compared to people that don’t use this “traditional” diet. People who use the “Western diet” which includes refined grains, beer, foods, and sugary products are the ones who tend to experience too much anxiety.
2. Anxiety Has Various Types of Disorders
There are various types of anxiety disorders which include;
- Panic Disorder
- Phobic Disorders
- Separation Anxiety Disorder
- Social Anxiety Disorder
- Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
- Major Depressive Disorder
- OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder)
3. Women are More Prone to Anxiety Risk than Men
Research shows that women are more prone to suffer from anxiety disorders than men. The only exception is that PTSD is not included. It is estimated that women are faced with anxiety disorders at a younger age than compared to men, and it mostly strikes them at the puberty age.
4. Anxiety Can Contribute to Physical Illness
Anxiety can also cause physical illness with symptoms such as stomach upset among other conditions. Research has also proven that chronic health conditions can be developed in people that suffer from anxiety. This is because when someone is anxious, their body is always on alert trying to ease them out of that situation. This could lead to the release of stomach acids that could then cause stomach upsets or even heartburn issues.
5. Anxiety is a Common Mental Illness in the US
According to the ADAA (Anxiety and Depression Association of America) an estimation of 40 million people in America of ages 18 years and above suffer from anxiety. This is an estimation of 18% of the entire population in the country.
6. Anxiety Can be Reduced by Exercise
Research shows that exercise can help in reducing anxiety. Since anxiety is the full swing fight response in your body, natural physical exercise can help to end the fight response, because it contributes to a balance of the neurochemicals that cause anxiety.
7. Anxiety Can be Inherited
Most people that suffer from anxiety disorders inherited the condition from a family history. There are plenty of medical professionals and researchers that believe anxiety can actually be inherited, although there are others who don’t believe in this case.
8. Anxiety Can be Treated and Managed
The good news about anxiety disorder is that it can be effectively treated and managed. To treat anxiety, you can use various ways like; medication, coping strategies, therapy like yoga, acupuncture, and meditation, as well as psychotherapy. You can use either one of these treatments or a combination of them for treating anxiety condition.
9. It is Normal to Experience Anxiety
Although anxiety is not a really good thing to experience, sometimes it can be helpful, but only when worrying about important things in life. However, when travelling you should ensure you make your trip a little safer by not worrying too much as anxiety tends to mostly affect people when they travel. Whereas the downside of worrying too much as you travel is not having to enjoy your trip and making irrational decisions that are unsafe.
10. Sense of Smell Can be Affected by Anxiety
You can confuse the sense of smell if you have anxiety, and this has been stated in a research published by the “Journal of Neuroscience”. Because the sense of smell is activated by the olfactory system, when you are anxious the olfactory gets intertwined with the emotional system making you lack the sense of smell.
The above outlined facts show how exactly anxiety is and its effects in the human body. If you happen to experience anxiety it is best you try to treat and manage the disorder as soon as possible, or even try to prevent it by following a good “traditional” diet.