anxiety

It Starts With Fear

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Your heart pounds. Your thoughts race to the next worst-case scenario. You try to calm your thoughts but they continue to run loose, unfiltered and full of dread. It starts with fear and, left untreated, it can affect every area of your life.

Anxiety manifests itself in the lives of many. According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, “Anxiety disorders are the most common mental illness in the U.S., affecting 40 million adults in the United States age 18 and older, or 18.1% of the population every year.”

While this is a staggering statistic, less than half of those dealing with anxiety decide to reach out for help. The ADAA explains that “Anxiety disorders are highly treatable, yet only 36.9% of those suffering receive treatment.”

Although my anxiety went undiagnosed and untreated for much of my life, eventually, I realized that my frequent and intense stomachaches were not related to food intolerance or allergy. Instead, they were a symptom of anxiety that I have since learned to manage through therapy.

You, too, can obtain the tools you need to successfully manage your anxiety. If you find yourself experiencing frequent and overwhelming feelings of worry and fear, reach out to us for a free consultation. We would love to help you! 

Written by Lauren Smith Stevenson
Instagram: @laurensmithstevenson
Email: laurensmithstevenson@gmail.com