Most people don’t understand what it’s like to have anxiety.

anxietyAnxiety affects both your mental and physical wellbeing. As if excessive worrying isn’t awful enough, it is also affecting your major organs. Anxiety is a problem for approximately 40 million adults.

Anxiety makes you feel isolated and alone. It can be hard to do basic things like go to the grocery store or exercise at the gym, because your mind is constantly overworking itself. You are forever overanalyzing and overthinking, and you may feel frustrated and restless. It takes a complete toll on your overall health in many different ways.

Do you believe that only your brain is affected by anxiety? Think again. The beginning stages of anxiety are characterized by a dry throat, an increase in blood pressure, reactions to the skin such as blushing or sudden paleness, as well as muscle tension. Constant nervousness can make you feel like your body is a vehicle permanently in overdrive, constantly pushing to get through daily tasks and responsibilities.

Long-term anxiety can begin to negatively affect many major organs. You can experience cardiovascular problems with an increased heart rate. Your lungs can become weakened. Your immune system becomes weakened, making it harder for your body to fight off illness, leading to an increased chance of stomach ulcers. You may experience digestive problems and changes in your metabolism. Your nervous system can become overworked which leads to changes in the brain as well as sleeping problems. You can start to feel simply run down and ill, with long-term, negative effects on your overall health.

The feeling of constant anxiety is aggressive and undeniably real. There is no off switch to calm your brain, and this begins to break down your entire wellbeing. Feelings of helplessness and paranoia can emerge, and this can be even more exaggerated through physical symptoms.

Anxiety causes you to be a prisoner in your own head. The physical side effects become just as real as the racing thoughts, making it hard to live a fulfilling, enjoyable life. It is important to seek help for an anxiety disorder, especially when it begins to decrease your quality of life both mentally and physically.

Starting treatment for anxiety will have your mind – as well as body – feeling anew.

Did you know an addiction can be caused by a mental disorder?

One of the primary reasons that mental disorders and substance abuse so often go hand-in-hand is that drugs and alcohol can provide an escape from the pressures of mental health problems. Self-medicating is surprisingly common: you’re not alone.

But unlike real, effective, long-term solutions, such as medication and detoxification in a treatment center, drugs and alcohol won’t amount to effective treatment.

If you suspect that your loved one is suffering from addiction, then take our free 3 minute assessment.

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