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Humans have been around for some 200,000 years, yet for only a few hundred of those—a relative blink of an eye—has the world resembled anything akin to the one we inhabit today. Make no mistake, our nervous systems did not evolve for the contemporary modern world. Yes, we deal with many of the same fears and concerns of even our most distant ancestor’s—safety, health, security, and death, to name a few. But consider the rapid succession of environmental changes that humans have endured in little more than 100 years (no doubt the result of technological game-changers like the telephone (1876) the lightbulb (1879), radio (1880s), the modern automobile (1885), flight (1903), the digital computer (1930s) and even the atom bomb (1945)) and it becomes clear that society has evolved far beyond our nervous systems’ ability to “keep up”. We expect the comforts and convenience of modern life to provide a buffer for our nerves, when in fact, they are often only adding to anxieties that are endemic to our species. Research is clear: we are exposed to too much information and are unable to process all that we receive. In fact, the primitive parts of our brain do not understand the differences between what is imagined and what is real. This is why, when stuck in traffic or unable to meet a deadline, our bodies experience a response not unlike one in which a tiger is lurking nearby. And for highly sensitive people, the sensory overload deriving from the constant stimuli of modern life often leave us feeling anxious and gasping for air.
"You should seek treatment for anxiety when it interferes with your ability to function the way we need to and live your life the way we want to live."
Yet here's the catch: anxiety is in fact a signal of a heightened awareness, and not the bi-product of a mind-gone-awry. For in the game of natural selection, highly-sensitive people (hyper-vigilant people) were survivors, as they became aware of the proverbial lurking tiger before their more aloof companions. And while it rarely feels like any kind of advantage when you are suffering from what feels like debilitating anxiety, we will help you learn to regard that feeling with understanding and curiosity in order to benefit from the gift of sensitivity that is present in all people who suffer from anxiety.
Anxiety is one of the most common mental health struggles in the U.S. and is highly treatable. It stems from genetics, brain chemistry, temperament, daily hassles and stressful life events. You should seek treatment for anxiety when it interferes with your ability to function the way we need to and live your life.
- 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.
- Anxiety disorders are highly treatable, yet only 36.9% of those suffering receive treatment
- People with an anxiety disorder are three to five times more likely to go to the doctor and six times more likely to be hospitalized for psychiatric disorders than those who do not suffer from anxiety disorders.
- Anxiety disorders develop from a complex set of risk factors, including genetics, brain chemistry, personality, and life events.
- Anxiety becomes problematic when we become stuck in our anxious thoughts, worry and panic.
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