Myths about Anxiety

Myths about Anxiety

According to Mind

A leading mental health charity in the UK - in England, 1 in 6 people report experiencing a common mental health problem (such as anxiety and depression) in any given week.(1) Anxiety disorders are not rare, yet there are still numerous misconceptions and misgivings which surround the condition. To help ourselves and help others, it is important that we understand more about what is and what isn’t true

MYTH #1

Anxiety is not a real illness.

Sometimes it may be “all in your head”, but mental illnesses need to be taken as seriously as physical illnesses.

Anxiety can have physical effects on your body, including raised blood pressure, chest tightness, and a racing heartbeat.

Anxiety disorders can greatly affect how people are able to live their lives.

MYTH #2

Anxiety disorders will go away on their own.

Anxiety is like waves, it comes and goes, and some waves are stronger than others.

Sometimes we know why, and other times we couldn’t say.

But it would be impossible to say that one day the waves would completely stop, forever.

MYTH #3

It’s obvious when someone has an anxiety disorder.

People learn to live with anxiety, which sometimes means they have learned to hide it on the surface, but this does not mean that they are not suffering.

Many people will get anxious about having their symptoms recognised, so they will work extra hard to hide them.

MYTH #4

Medication is the only answer.

Prescription anxiety medication can be helpful for some people, and in some cases it is the answer, but this is by no means the only solution.

Alternative treatments include: exercise, behavioural therapy, meditation, mindfulness exercises.

There is no quick fix for anxiety, it’s about trying different techniques and methods to try and manage the way that you’re feeling. CBD (cannabidiol) is a natural plant extract which has been found to work in a similar way to anti-anxiety medication, regulating the supply and flow of serotonin.2

Cannabidiol also has many natural therapeutic properties which have aided people in managing their stress and anxiety. Promoting better sleep quality is a key benefit as anxiety can massively hinder your ability to get to sleep at night and staying asleep.

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1 https://www.mind.org.uk/information-support/types-of-mental-health-problems/statistics-and-facts-about-mental-health/how-common-are-mental-health-problems/#two

2 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24923339

12 May 2020