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Barriers To Overcoming Anxiety Disorder - Introduction

Marilyn Folk BScN medical reviewer
Written by: Jim Folk.
Medically reviewed by: Marilyn Folk, BScN.
Last updated: April 9, 2019

From 1974 to 1986, I (Jim Folk) experienced debilitating anxiety disorder, which included every anxiety symptom we list at our website to severe degrees, as well as intense and prolonged panic attacks. This 12-year struggle with anxiety disorder was one of the most negatively impacting events of my life. When I look back on those years, I’m saddened because of the years I lost to anxiety disorder, and so needlessly.

I struggled those many years solely because anxiety disorder was widely misunderstood back then. Had the information we have today been available back then, I could have shaved years off of my struggle.

Fortunately, anxiety disorder is well understood by some of today’s leading anxiety disorder recovery organizations whose recovery strategies work time and time again. But this is not to say that good information and help is widely available. In fact, very few in the medical and mental health sectors provide effective help for problematic anxiety.

This is one of the reasons why anxiety disorder has been sharply on the rise over the last ten years.

When you combine ineffective treatment with the rising stresses and pressures of today’s society, anxiety disorder takes a major toll on people and society itself. For example, research over the last 16 years has found:

The social impact of anxiety disorder is staggering:

These statistics don’t include the costs associated with the dramatic rise (almost 10 percent) in anxiety disorder cases over the last ten years.

When you combine this with the dramatic rise in stress disorder, depression, insomnia, and psychotropic medication use, the costs of these disorders in both the drain on financial resources and personal toll is staggering. For example:

The impact of mental illness is dramatic and sharply rising year after year.

The tragedy in all of this is that all of these disorders can be overcome with the right information, help and support. That means no one has to suffer with any of these disorders, and especially anxiety disorder, which is the focus of this section.

If people can overcome anxiety disorder, why don’t they?

That is the subject of this section entitled, “Barriers To Overcoming Anxiety Disorder

Over the next few months, we are going to be publishing many of the common barriers to overcoming a struggle with anxiety disorder. If you are experiencing anxiety disorder and/or have been working at overcoming it, yet find your recovery incomplete, these articles may be helpful in getting your recovery back on track.

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We hope you find these articles interesting, helpful, and inspiring. We wish you every success in overcoming a struggle with anxiety unwellness (anxiety disorder).

The combination of good self-help information and working with an experienced anxiety disorder therapist is the most effective way to address anxiety disorder and its many symptoms. Until the core causes of anxiety are addressed - the underlying factors that motivate apprehensive behavior - a struggle with anxiety disorder can return again and again. Identifying and successfully addressing anxiety's underlying factors is the best way to overcome problematic anxiety.

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