How Living With Anxiety Affects More Than Just Your Mental State

April 20, 2020

How Living With Anxiety Affects More Than Just Your Mental State

April 20, 2020

Anxiety can affect countless aspects of your life. Millions of Americans live with some sort of anxiety problem, and as they all know, it can be an absolute nightmare. Unfortunately, many other people throughout the country don’t realize just how devastating anxiety can be to a sufferer or just how comprehensive anxiety-related problems are. Information regarding this disorder has not been disseminated broadly enough. To that end, let’s discuss three ways in which anxiety can impact someone’s life, including ways that go well beyond the immediate feelings.

Your Physical Health

Although they’re primarily mental illnesses, anxiety disorders can produce physical symptoms as well. Common physical symptoms of anxiety include headaches, muscle tension, nausea, upset stomach and others. Indeed, many physical disorders are actually just anxiety or other types of stress manifesting themselves in different ways. This is why so many people experience a significant boost to their physical condition and enhancement of their overall well-being when their mental state begins to improve.

Your Relationships

This is something that is often forgotten about, but it’s true nevertheless. Anxiety can often lead to stress, which can cause you to become irritable and possibly say some things to your partner that you will regret. It can also affect your intimacy as a couple. Your partner will likely love you and support you no matter what, but your anxiety is not an issue they can just fix. It’s important to get the help you need to deal with the root of the anxiety so that the issues that come with it don’t strain your relationship too much.

Your Career

Anxiety is one of the leading causes of absences from school or from work. Unfortunately, this can be even more problematic for chronic anxiety sufferers who may need to take regular and unexpected time away from the office if a situation becomes too overwhelming for them. Too many absences, of course, can result in significant career impairment, loss of advancement opportunities or even being fired from a job. While people who suffer from mental illness do have some legal protections in the workplace, it is clear that having a mental illness can be damaging for your career and long-term prospects.

Perhaps the most devastating thing about mental illness in general and anxiety specifically is that it impacts so much more than your immediate mental state. Severe anxiety problems can lead to major negative impacts on your life, but there is good news. With proper care and treatment, anxiety can be managed and overcome. If this applies to you, don’t let anxiety take over your life. Seek help today.

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