Researchers already know that about 16% of adults in the United States suffer from anxiety, but they feel most people suffering from anxiety go undiagnosed. Therefore, the US Preventive Services Task Force recommends that medical providers screen all adults under 65 for anxiety as part of routine medical care. Care providers and insurance companies often follow recommendations from the task force. This is the first time that the group of medical professionals has made this recommendation.
Rate of Initial Treatment for Anxiety Disorders
The task force recommended that medical providers screen all adults for anxiety because only about 11% of people with an anxiety disorder receive treatment within the first year of symptoms appearing. Research shows that the longer a person waits to receive treatment, the more likely they are to become depressed and use illegal substances. When a person does not receive treatment, anxiety can affect their performance at work and their desire to stay socially connected.
Overall Rate of Treatment for Anxiety Disorders
Officials with the US Preventive Services Task Force also point out that only about 41% of patients with anxiety disorder receive treatment. Ignoring your anxiety may lead to many consequences, including loss of productivity, disability, increased physical ailments, and possible suicide.
Types of Treatment Available for Anxiety Disorders
Treatment for anxiety may include:
• Learning to practice mindfulness
• Practicing relaxation techniques
• Changing breathing techniques
• Receiving cognitive therapy
• Studying new behavioral therapy techniques
• Making changes to your diet
• Building your self-esteem
• Performing structured problem solving
• Participating in support groups
• Taking medication
You do not have to wait for someone to suggest treatment for your anxiety to you. Contact us today to schedule a visit so that we can help you find the right treatment plan for you. Getting into treatment can help you feel better, so do not delay.