I recently went on vacation to Washington to see some family. While at my mom’s condominium, she showed me some old pictures of family members that were kept by my grandpa. One of the pictures was of my great, great grandmother who came over from Sweden in 1887. Along with the pictures, there was a written record that told her story of how she came to the United States.
According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA), about 18% of Americans adults have some kind of anxiety disorder each year. That means 1 in 5 adults has anxiety, depression, OCD, PTSD, or a phobia. That is a large chunk of the population.
The new year has arrived and everyone is making their resolutions. I already wrote my stance on all that here so I’m not going to dig into it again. A lot of people, filled with motivation and drive, will get a gym membership. They will go religiously for a couple weeks, maybe even a month, then lose their focus. They’ll start making excuses about how they don’t have the time or energy to do it. Their gym membership will collect dust, in a sense, and it’s likely they’ll never use it.
Depression and anxiety are an unfortunate part of life for millions of Americans. According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA) over 40 million Americans suffer from some sort of anxiety disorder, and those are just the cases we know about. The Association cites the risk factors as genetics, brain chemistry, personality, and life events.