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8 Myths About Anxiety Disorders

Anxiety disorders are something that modern medicine is just now beginning to understand. For years, those with anxiety issues were essentially considered as ‘crazy’ and given little help beyond some medication that would keep them heavily sedated. But today’s medications are much better, and so are the other treatments available. As such, anxiety disorders can be confronted and managed more effectively.

However, there are a lot of myths about them that many believe are true. It’s worth taking a look at some of the big myths to get a clearer idea about how to manage and cope with anxiety disorders.

Myth 1 – You’re Born With It
There’s no question that some people have a genetic makeup that means they’ll face an increased risk of developing mental health issues like anxiety disorders. But did you know that life experiences can lead to anxiety disorders, and that those disorders can often be connected to a past trauma? Those who are involved in an accident during a rainstorm, for example, could develop an anxiety disorder that sets in when they are in a vehicle during subsequent rains. This can mean that a single accident could lead to a lifelong anxiety problem.

Myth 2 – It’s Not Normal
Some people without anxiety simply write off those what have an anxiety disorder by telling them something along the lines of ‘everyone worries’. But while anxiety does play a role in everyone’s life, true anxiety disorders aren’t normal and can destroy your life in some cases.

Myth 3 – It’s A Minor Issue
The reality is that anxiety can develop into a tremendously challenging issue that can make it difficult to cope with daily life. Panic attacks can set in and render you almost unable to function, and constant anxiety can make it hard to head out into the world again. For some, anxiety disorders can be a major issue.

Myth 4 – Breathe Into That Bag
Hollywood is to blame for this. The truth is that the hyperventilating into a paper bag technique can actually create higher levels of anxiety and make it harder for you to cope with your panic. There’s nothing more to say beyond the fact that this is just wrong.

Myth 5 – It’s Rare
Nope. Roughly 18 Percent of adults in America suffer from some type of anxiety disorder ranging from panic disorder to social phobias and beyond. It’s much more common than most think, and can impact lives in a variety of different ways.

Myth 6 – You Just Have To Deal With It
Why? Maybe in the dark ages of medicine this was true, but today there are numerous types of treatments and interventions that can help. Medications, counseling, and other therapies can all help you get control of anxiety and reclaim your life in a significant way.

Myth 7 – Just Self-Medicate
Alcohol has often been a common suggestion to ‘take the edge off’. But the reality is that it can actually lead to the development of other health issues. And smoking pot to calm down isn’t advisable unless directly instructed to by a doctor. This is even truer if anxiety is triggered from a personal injury accident – drug or alcohol use could mean that you aren’t able to seek compensation for your injuries.

Myth 8 – It’s Not Covered Under Accident Claims
When you’re involved in an accident caused by someone else, compensation usually focuses on physical medical bills and healing. But the reality is that your mental health is just as important, and compensation for mental health treatment and the impact that anxiety has on your life is very common. It’s another part of your recovery and should be treated as such.

Simply put, anxiety disorders are more common than many realize and can be triggered by a traumatic event. They’re also more treatable than you might think, and there are solutions out there for those who need help. Call GetMeJustice for help.

Attorney David Goldman has a strong belief that everyone should be treated fairly and those with the means should do what they can to bring justice in all areas of our society. That belief has led him to help Florida's injured from being taken advantage of by corporations and insurance companies. Since 1989 David Goldman has been fighting for the rights of Floridians both as an attorney and by personally supporting our community.

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