Posted on: 19 October 2016
If you have an anxiety disorder, you're not alone. Anxiety disorders, such as panic disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and PTSD, are the most common mental illnesses reported in the United States. Approximately 40 million people—roughly 18 percent of the population—have an anxiety disorder. While there are treatments available for anxiety disorders, they usually do not get rid of the symptoms completely. Most people with anxiety have to learn to live with their disorder, which can plague them for years or even for their whole life. For this reason, people with an anxiety disorder often have a lower quality of life. Here's why:
Fear is a huge obstacle for people with anxiety disorders. People with social anxiety may withdraw from people and refuse to go to gatherings. Those with agoraphobia, the fear of open or public spaces, may continue to get progressively worse until they can't even leave their house. The fear doesn't have to be severe to interfere with your life, either. It can be as simple as not shopping at your favorite store because it's too difficult to make the turn into the parking lot.
People with obsessive-compulsive disorder often get caught up with repeating rituals, such as counting and cleaning. These rituals can take up a great deal of time, which can have a severe impact on quality of life. For example, someone who has to ritualistically clean their whole house after they spill something on the kitchen floor will find it difficult to find time for the other things they have to do or the things they want to do.
Relationships are difficult for people with an anxiety disorder for several reasons. First, the people around them may not understand their condition, so they may withdraw from them, or in severe cases, ridicule them. The person with the anxiety disorder may also build up walls, making intimate relationships very difficult.
An anxiety disorder can make it difficult for you to stay on course. In fact, many people have difficulty holding down a stable job or following through with commitments. This inability to stay stable and on course makes it very difficult to successfully complete goals and to succeed in all areas of life.
There are many reasons why having an anxiety disorder can interfere with your quality of life. However, you don't have to let it. You can put up a fight. Through a combination of medication and therapy, you can start to take back your life and enjoy the things you used to once again.
For help with overcoming your anxiety, contact an anxiety coach like Dr. Mitchell Mays.Share