by Quentin Vennie
Originally published: March 16, 2017
A study conducted by the National Institute of Mental Health reported that over 40 million Americans are dealing with some form of an anxiety disorder. With over 18 percent of the U.S. population having been diagnosed with anxiety, a large majority have cited their workplace as a major contributor.
Anxiety is the most common form of mental illness in the country. Most people can identify with being stressed or having felt anxious at some point based on certain life events -- a new job, moving to a new state or giving a big presentation. However, it’s important to note the differentiating factors between healthy levels of stress, and having more severe, chronic anxiety. This can infringe on an individual's ability to carry out even the most basic, everyday responsibilities.
Just the thought of anxiety can make it difficult for some people to get through their day. The fear associated with having an anxiety or panic attack is generally enough to bring on an attack. There’s a perpetual cycle of worrying that often accompanies anxiety and makes individuals feel inadequate and unable to control their thoughts or behaviors, despite knowing their thoughts are irrational and often worse than the situation warrants.