We previously spoke a good amount about being in denial. How it can potentially harm us more than we believed it could. To go more into detail, I would like to talk about how denial and depression go hand in hand with anxiety. All three are Mental Illness but anxiety is the most common one.
One day I was driving, to a location that I’ve never been to before, following my GPS. Then I got to an area where I felt uncomfortable. My mind was racing, my heart was pounding, and I couldn’t control my breath. I was inhaling a good amount of air each time and it took me a while to handle myself. I had to continuously repeat that I was okay to myself in order to make whatever that was happening to stop. Let me remind you, I was driving the whole time while this was happening. When I explained this to my friend, she realized automatically that I had anxiety just from that experience along with answers to some questions she asked. She wondered how I didn’t realize it before that I had a mild case of anxiety.
Was this a form of denial? Possibly. The more I spoke about these feelings and experiences, the more I realized that I’m not 100% okay. Once I realized that, I’ve been able to be more aware of myself and have been able to help myself when these moments come.
We can often be in denial about how we feel and as stated previously we can be in denial about possibly having depression. However we can be in denial about having anxiety. Depression can lead to anxiety and if you deny one, you deny the other. Both are harmful if it’s denied the attention needed to provide the right help and support.
To give you a better understanding, According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America:
- Anxiety disorders are the most common mental illness in the United States. About 40 million adults in the United States age 18 and older are affected by this (18.1% of the population every year)
- Only 36.9% of those suffering receive treatment.
- Anxiety disorders develop from a set of risk factors such as genetics, brain chemistry, personality, and life events.
Anxiety can be incredibly scary, especially if you don’t know how to deal with it. All of us are different with different forms of anxiety. Whether you have OCD, PTSD, social anxiety disorder, or a generalized anxiety disorder, severely or acute, you’re not alone. Anxiety may not be completely preventable but it is treatable. With the right aid and the right support system, you’ll be able to conquer anxiety instead of having anxiety conquer you.