Over the next few weeks we will be discussing anxiety and my goal is to help you better understand this condition and to help you make a more informed decision if you need to seek treatment for this condition for yourself or for someone who is close to you.
Mental illness indirectly affects all Canadians at some point in their life either through a family member, friend or colleague.
Mental illness of which anxiety is one type will directly affect 20% of the Canadian population ( that is over 7 million people! ) regardless of age, income, education or culture.
The economic burden of mental illness in Canada is estimated to be 51 billion dollars per year.
And the disease burden of mental illness in Ontario is 1.5 times higher than all cancers put together! We have a problem !!
Even though there are about 10 different types of anxiety, we will be focusing on GAD or General Anxiety Disorder.
Anxiety is considered to be a normal part of the human experience. We all get it from time to time.
But when it starts to or persistently interferes with work, school, sleep and relationships, this is not considered to be normal.
The physiological effects of anxiety are as follows: fear, breathlessness, choking sensations, restlessness, heart palpitations and increased muscular tension. Certain risk factors have been identified that could pre-dispose you to developing anxiety.
They are as follows: being female, a family history of the disease, having suffered a childhood trauma ( physically, emotionally, sexually )and drug or alcohol abuse.
In our next post, we will be discussing the probable causes of GAD and what you need to know about the most popular and current forms of treatment.
But in the meantime, if you have any questions on this topic or any other health concerns you or your family may have please give us a call.
Remember that consultations are always free of charge and family appointments are always available because subluxations and spinal problems do run in families.
Our phone number is 905 335 LIFE (5433).
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