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Anxiety Disorders

What is an anxiety disorder?

A behavioral condition that largely encompasses irrational fear. While anxiety is often part of one’s normal life, when one has an anxiety disorder, his/her anxiety never fades, or even worsens with time. There are many types of anxiety disorders ranging from social anxiety disorder to panic anxiety disorder. Anxiety disorders interfere with routine acts, for example relationships or work performance.

Who is affected by anxiety disorders?

According to the National Institute of Mental Health, approximately 18.1 percent of adults in the United States has some form of anxiety disorder. This statistic means that around 7 million adults between ages 18 - 54 have some sort of anxiety disorder. While anxiety disorders have simple treatments, only 33 percent of the individuals that suffer from anxiety get proper treatment.

How does one acquire an anxiety disorder?


The reason one gets an anxiety disorder is unknown, but it is not a result of a personality flaw, poor upbringing environment, nor a personal defect. The latest research suggests that it is a result of a myriad of factors, including different brain structuring or functioning. Intense and stressful environments can alter the way nerve cells transmit information, but the probability of this occurring is slim. Furthermore, anxiety disorders are partly genetic so the probability of acquiring an anxiety disorder from a parent or both parents is greater than if one’s parents do not have an anxiety disorder.


What learning aids help those with anxiety disorders?

There are many methods to help those with anxiety disorders learn how to relax and calm themselves down. The following are a few strategies that help combat this disability:

  • Mindful meditation, reflecting on the day’s tasks so that one does not feel overwhelmed.

  • Muscle relaxation and calm breathing help to slow the heart-rate and soothe the mind.

  • A small fidget device to be able to move one’s hands and be active while able to focus on other tasks.

How do we help those with anxiety disorders rise from poverty?

The Elevator Project can help those with anxiety disorders because through our customized and tailored floor plan that specifically addresses the needs of those with anxiety disorders. Learn more about special needs floor plan and how it can support you here.

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