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.
I was watching boxing with a couple friends on a Saturday night last week, something I enjoy doing when I have the opportunity. There were some great fighters with a lot of charisma and the matches were all good. However, there was one fighter who really stood out to me as they were telling his story. They introduced him as Tyson Fury: The Gypsy King.
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.