MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — About 50 million American adults experienced some sort of mental illness last year. Anxiety disorders were the most common kind.
So, what is anxiety? Good Question.READ MORE: Minnesota Weather: Huge Hail Chunks Batter Southeastern Communities; Brush Fire Risk Intensifies Friday
“It’s more than just worrying. It affects every aspect of your health,” said psychiatrist Dr. Mirza Baig. “Anxiety is really kind of like worrying or the physical anxiety, and depression is more like feeling really down, no energy, feeling hopeless.”
There are different kinds of anxiety disorders:
- Generalized Anxiety Disorder (worrying about everything)
- Panic Disorder (including panic attacks)
- Social Anxiety Disorder
It can sometimes be triggered by an event, but some people are more prone to anxiety than others.READ MORE: Mpls. City Council President Lisa Bender On Costly Police Misconduct Settlements: 'This Is A Whole System Problem'
“All of our bodies are capable of having anxiety,” Baig said. “What makes it a disorder is when it basically affects our lives.”
Dr. Baig says the most important thing is to be aware of it.
Everyone is different when it comes to treatment. It can range from therapy to medication to meditation.
If you need help, or know someone who does, visit the Minnesota National Alliance on Mental Illness’s website.MORE NEWS: What Are The Hidden Dangers Of Swimming In Open Water?
Wednesday, CBS This Morning will broadcast a live one-hour special focusing on mental health called “Stop The Stigma: A Conversation About Mental Health. Watch it starting at 7 a.m.