5 Myths about Anxiety

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Common people often confuse between the myths and facts about anxiety conditions. Anxiety is often misunderstood. If people were better able to distinguish between anxiety disorders facts and myths, they would be well prepared to deal with any situation. Others rarely understand how patients of anxiety disorders could worry about seemingly normal things. This polarity of behavior gives rise to many myths about social anxiety.
 
Everyone suffers from some anxiety in our everyday life. Nervousness is natural if you perform in front of a crowd. However, this is different from anxiety disorder where the patient suffers from panic attacks. Patients of general anxiety disorder or GAD are also rarely understood as facing genuine problems. People unable to distinguish between the myths and facts about anxiety conditions think that this is simply nervousness, which is not true.
Myths and Facts about Anxiety Conditions: If you are not informed about the myths and facts about anxiety conditions, but suspect yourself or someone close to be suffering from anxiety disorder, knowing anxiety disorders – facts and myths in detail can be a good start.
 
This article will help you understand five common myths and facts about anxiety conditions such as GAD and common myths about social anxiety disorder.
 
General Anxiety Disorder myths & facts:
·                         Myth1: Anxiety disorder is rare.

Fact: In United States alone, several million people suffer from anxiety disorder. This shows that this psychological condition is quite common. Patients suffer from panic attacks that include symptoms like heart palpitations, excess sweating, stomach cramps, uneasiness, restlessness, etc.
·                         Myth 2: Anxiety disorder is not a disease and there is nothing to worry.

Fact: A panic attack causes long-term damage to the psychological and physical condition of the patient. People being unaware of the myths and facts about anxiety conditions, neglect the symptoms. This might lead to severe depression and phobia development.
 
Social Anxiety Three Myths: Another form of anxiety disorder known as social anxiety disorder is quite common as well. Some of the common myths about social anxiety disorder include the following.
 
·                         Myths about Social Anxiety # 1: Social anxiety disorder (SAD) is simply shyness.

Fact: SAD is not shyness. As in the case of general anxiety disorder, people are unaware of the myths about social anxiety and its prevalence numbers. There may be psychological or biochemical causes that lead to severe distress.
 
·                         Myths about Social Anxiety # 2: Social anxiety disorder cannot be cured. You have to live with it.
Fact: As with any other disease, social anxiety disorder can be treated through either medication or cognitive-behavioral therapy or a combination of the two. If untreated, patients cannot work or lead a normal social life.
 
·                         Myths about Social Anxiety # 3: Men and women are equally affected by social anxiety disorders.
Fact: This is one of the common myths about social anxiety. It has been found that women are more likely to be affected by social anxiety disorder than men.
 
Along with these myths & facts, it should be noted that social anxiety disorder is a disease that does not just go away. If treated properly and at the right time, patients can lead a healthy life.

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