There is a growing burden of anxiety in India especially in the literate and the urbanized states. A group of mental disorders including generalized anxiety disorder, post-traumatic disorder (PTSD), phobias, and obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), are defined by the WHO(World Health Organization) as anxiety disorders.
Anxiety disorders have seen a steep rise during the past several years. Competitiveness, overcrowding and drive for money has made this problem more significant in the urban states. In cities like Mumbai, investing in real estate is a real cause of worry. There is gap between people’s needs and their capacity of fulfilling such needs. In most of the cases of buying a property a large lump sum or EMI’s are required which can cause anxiety problems.
Many times, depression can begin with anxiety related issues. In some cases, if the elderly show signs of sudden anxiety, it could be a warning sign for the initial stages of depression.
Take action today to prevent anxiety from potentially leading to depression.
The use of substances, smoking, excessive medication etc., should be avoided as it may aggravate the problem. Instead, practicing some relaxation techniques, yoga or exercises may be beneficial.
Everyone feels anxious at some point of time in life and this is normal. We may all feel anxious- perhaps while taking an exam, making an important decision or coping with a problem at work. There are even several types of anxiety disorders and mental illnesses that can cause such distress and hinder your productivity. In some cases even carrying out your normal routine work is difficult. This can also deter one’s performance, relationship and career.
Worry and fear are the most significant characteristics of anxiety disorder. Panic, fear, panic or sleep disturbance won’t let you be calm. It is still unknown to many as to what brings about anxiety disorders. There is a combination of factors that affect the mental illnesses. This includes factors such as changes in brain chemistry and structure, genes, stress, etc. For those who already have an anxiety problem, if treatment is not sought out in time, the situation can worsen.
As per an article in the Times Of India this very November (2017)- a study listed Kerala, Manipur, West Bengal, HP, Rajasthan, Maharashtra, Telangana, AP, Karnataka and Delhi as the top 10 states facing greater problems due to anxiety disorders. In the study, a daily rate of anxiety disorder in the year 2016 is noted. Amongst the states, Kerala ranked the highest with a daily rate of 420 cases, while Delhi was lowest on the list with a daily rate of 322 cases.
It is also astonishing to know how some research studies have connected anxiety disorders to mortality! According to a study published in the British Journal, in July 2012, researchers stated that mild mental health issues can be a cause for increased risk of death from major causes.
There are also other studies done recently in the year 2016, who say that anxiety disorders individuals were at a higher risk of death due to natural and unnatural causes as compared to the others.
There is a constant rise in the population that is being affected by these disabilities- most prevalent in the urban sectors. Increasing anxiety related problems can affect many areas such as work, family and social life.
The good news is that anxiety disorder can be helped. While assessing various symptoms doctors may ask for an individual’s medical history and run tests to rule out the possibility of certain mental illnesses. Medications may be required mostly in severe cases of anxiety disorder. With the help of proper treatment, one can begin to cope with one’s anxiety problems in order to lead a more satisfying life.
Visit Therappo’s online counseling to evaluate your anxiety problems. It is good to have a thorough evaluation of the mental health problems as most of the times anxiety disorders are co existent with many other related conditions such as depression or obsessive compulsion disorder.