Over 40 million adults experience anxiety in a given year. And you or a loved one may be one of them and not even realize it. There are so many forms of anxiety, some more serious than others, and some are completely life-altering. But all impact a person’s quality of life, as well as the life of family members and loved ones. What should you know about anxiety symptoms and its causes? And what can help?
You may have heard of some of the more talked about forms of anxiety:
- Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
- Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
- Panic Disorder
- Social Anxiety Disorder
- Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD)
But more and more today, people are additionally suffering anxieties triggered by exposure to increasing societal violence, as well as technology and social media overload.
Oddly, although people are seemingly more connected with technology than ever before, it also appears to contribute to many people’s sense of social disconnectedness. Studies have shown that there can be negative personal costs associated with so-called “addictive usage” of social media: experiencing severe distraction in one’s relationships and life pursuits, developing self-esteem issues (due in part to cyber-bullying behavior, but also caused by simple things like a friend deleting you on Facebook), and developing feelings of social isolation.
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder in particular, which has had a high incidence in combat veterans, is now increasingly – and alarmingly – showing up in adults, teens and children having experienced trauma, bullying, or disturbing and traumatic societal events like bombings and mass shootings. Television and the internet bring real-time violence deep into our everyday lives.
Whatever the type, anxiety disorders can cause symptoms such as nervousness, inability to focus, insomnia, an excessive feeling of dread, hyper-vigilance, a sense of detachment, and the inability to live a normal, happy life. People suffering from such symptoms should seek the advice of their doctor in determining if they are suffering from anxiety or have a physical or other underlying medical condition.
For a good overview on anxiety disorders, read this National Institute of Mental Health article. This overview talks about the causes (a blend of genetics, environment, psychological and developmental impacts), actual physical nature of the disorders (identified locations within the brain scientists believe anxiety disorders are rooted), and treatments (psycho-therapy, medication, cognitive behavior therapy, support groups and family support).
Along with the traditional treatments mentioned in the article, there is a suggestion of more non-traditional self-calming therapies, such as stress management and meditation. Mosaic Weighted Blankets has heard from many of its customers that a weighted blanket has helped in providing a safe and effective non-drug therapy when suffering from anxiety symptoms, loss of sleep, and the need for self-calming at any time of the day or night.
Says Laura LeMond, the founder of Mosaic Weighted Blankets, “I am so glad we can help so many people suffering from anxiety issues by offering the experience of a weighted blanket. Once you have one, you will see how much you will naturally gravitate to it, and how good it makes you feel. It really does calm the mind, body and spirit.”
Mosaic Weighted Blankets has had a lot of wonderful testimonials from customers relating to anxiety issues, especially PTSD. One in particular stands out to LeMond. “This young boy, age 4, had been suffering from insomnia and night terrors, and was – surprisingly to his family – diagnosed with PTSD. His family got him one of our weighted blankets and it immediately helped him with self-soothing, and more importantly, getting a good night’s sleep. It meant the world to him and his whole family. That means the world to me.”