3 of these people have a mood or anxiety disorder
Yet we often compare our inner experience
to the smiles we see around us,
AND WE CONCLUDE THAT WE ARE ALONE
According to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM-5),
almost 10% of U.S. adults had a mood disorder in the past year.
The prevalence in people ages 18 to 29 is three times higher than in individuals age 60 or older. Females experience up to 3 times higher rates than males, beginning in adolescence. And according to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America,
anxiety disorders are the most common mental illness in the U.S.,
affecting nearly 20% of the population every year.
what is a Mood Disorder?
Changes in mood that are interfering with everyday life may indicate a mood disorder such as depression or bipolar disorder. Mood disorders are treatable medical conditions. With appropriate diagnosis, treatment, and support, most people struggling with mood disorders will get better. If you have concerns about mood or behavior changes in yourself or someone you know, it’s important that you gain an understanding of how to recognize mood disorders like depression and bipolar disorder, and how to get appropriate diagnosis and treatment for them.
what is an Anxiety Disorder?
Anxiety is a normal reaction to stress and can be beneficial in some situations. It can alert us to dangers and help us prepare and pay attention. Anxiety disorders differ from normal feelings of nervousness or anxiousness, and involve excessive fear or anxiety. Anxiety disorders, such as panic disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, social anxiety disorder, specific phobias, and separation anxiety disorder, are the most prevalent mental disorders. But anxiety disorders are treatable, and a number of effective treatments are available. If your life has been negatively affected by anxiety, it's important to learn how you can reverse the processes in the brain that contribute to excessive fear. We can teach you proven techniques for managing and reducing anxiety, enabling you to return to the life you love.