Anxiety: Seeking Help for Better Mental Health
CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo (KBSI) – Anxiety is a common experience that many individuals encounter at some point in their lives. However, for some, anxiety can become more severe and significantly impact their quality of life.
According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, Generalized Anxiety Disorder affects approximately 6.8 million adults, yet only 43.2 percent of them are receiving treatment.
Siddharth Chandra, Medical Director for the Community Counseling Center, to gain insights into managing anxiety.
Chandra emphasized that mental health problems pose challenges due to negative stereotypes associated with seeking help.
However, he stressed that addressing mental health is equally vital as seeking assistance for physical ailments.
Frequently, mental health concerns go unnoticed, as they cannot be seen, leading to misconceptions and stigmatization.
People often perceive mental health struggles as weaknesses or attribute them to laziness or lack of motivation.
According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, anxiety disorders are the most common mental illnesses in the United States, affecting 40 million adults annually.
Chandra highlighted the significance of differentiating between manageable levels of anxiety and severe anxiety that hampers functioning.
To assist individuals dealing with anxiety or other mental health conditions, the Community Counseling Center provides support from professionals like Corey Jones, a Certified Professional Peer Support Specialist who can relate to patients through personal experience with mental illness.
Jones emphasized that people are often afraid to seek help, but he encouraged them to reach out and seek assistance.
Recognizing the anxiety individuals may experience in seeking help, Jones emphasized the center’s commitment to creating a supportive environment.
They aim to break down barriers and build trust, ensuring that individuals feel understood and supported throughout their journey toward better mental health.
As awareness surrounding mental health continues to grow, it is essential for individuals to understand that seeking help is not a sign of weakness. Addressing mental health concerns, including anxiety, can significantly improve one’s overall well-being and quality of life.