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How to Stop Severe Anxiety Disorder

Micah Abraham, BSc
How to Stop Severe Anxiety Disorder

Anxiety disorders affect millions of people - some estimates put the number as high as 18% of the US population alone. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, nearly 25% of all of those individuals have anxiety that can best be classified as severe.

Severe anxiety disorders do not have a technical definition, but generally, they are thought of as anxiety that is extremely difficult for sufferers to manage relationships, work, or simply enjoy their lives. 

Suffering From Severe Anxiety

Anxiety is an incredibly stressful, but arguably manageable disorder. Many people still work, spend time with friends, and hold onto relationships while living with anxiety. But others are more affected by it, and some even struggle to complete the tasks of everyday life.

The best way to characterize a severe anxiety disorder is one that is disabling or significantly impairs someone from managing their activities or responsibilities. For example:

All anxiety disorders may be characterized as more severe than others. From severe generalized anxiety disorders, severe social phobia, severe PTSD, and more, there are plenty of people suffering from very profound levels of anxiety.

All Anxiety is Serious Anxiety

Although it is possible for some anxiety to be more severe for some than for others, in many ways all anxiety is considered severe because of its impact on various aspects of your life now and later on: 

Also, if left untreated, anxiety may only worsen. Whether you already suffer from severe anxiety or you experience daily anxiety that simply makes it more difficult to manage life, all anxiety is relevant and damaging.

How to Stop Severe Anxiety Disorders

If you feel your anxiety is out of your control and significantly impacting your ability to function in life, go see your primary care provider immediately. Each additional day you go without treatment reinforces the anxiety, making it stronger. Because anxiety affects so many individuals, there are several options available.

Other anxiety reduction strategies like relaxation exercises (deep breathing, progressive muscle relaxation) and meditation may be less effective for severe anxiety, because the severity often makes spending time on those activities harder to accomplish. They may be useful in combination with other techniques, but should not be used alone.

It is highly recommended to seek therapy to better tackle long term management of severe anxiety.

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