Based on data from the World Mental Health Survey, researchers estimate that about 16% of individuals currently have or have had an anxiety disorder. It is not at all uncommon.
Yet, for a variety of reasons, many people choose not to receive treatment. Many don’t believe that seeking help will do any good. There may also be stigma around having the condition and fears that publicly admitting to experiencing anxiety could affect future jobs or relationships.
We live in a culture that doesn't take mental health
issues seriously sometimes. People might tell you to just suck it up or get it together, to simply stop worrying, or that it's all in your head. But I'm here to tell you that anxiety is as real as heart disease.
It’s time we truly listen to, honor, and respect the signals our physical, mental, and emotional bodies are trying to tell us.