In my novel DETACHED, Dr. Jason Smith suffers from severe anxiety attacks, which started when he was a young boy. This is not an uncommon problem.
According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, 18% of the population suffers from some form of anxiety, yet only a third of them will seek treatment. It’s difficult to understand why someone would not want to feel better, but the truth is, especially for men, a stigma still prevails. To some, admitting to having anxiety is the same as admitting to being weak. But let’s be honest – we live in stressful times! We all work hard and we’re tuned in, plugged in and not getting enough sleep!
People with anxiety are less productive in their work life and tend to struggle in their relationships. But there are strategies to help deal with anxiety, such as meditation or simply “unplugging” from computers, cell phones or watching binge TV.
Participate in activities that you enjoy to reduce stress. Regulate your sleep pattern by going to bed at the same time every night and getting up at the same time every morning.
Talk to your doctor if you have symptoms of anxiety that are persistent.I’m looking forward to opening the conversation about anxiety disorders and how they affect our lives.