The Best Medicines For Anxiety US News
Anxiety disorders are common but treatable.
An occasional anxiety attack is perfectly normal, especially in difficult times. But usually these feelings are short lived. Those who feel chronically anxious can be diagnosed with an anxiety disorder.
Anxiety disorders are “America’s # 1 diagnosable mental health problem,” says Dr. Drew Ramsey, clinical assistant professor of psychiatry at Columbia University and founder of the New York-based Brain Food Clinic, which uses evidence-based nutrition and integrative psychiatry treatments to augment psychotherapy, coaching and medication management.
Anxiety affects 40 million adults in the United States aged 18 and older, or 18.1% of the population each year, according to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America. That number is likely even higher now during the COVID-19 pandemic, says Ramsey, who is also chair of the Council on Communications for the American Psychiatric Association.
Causes of anxiety disorders include family history, brain chemistry, life events, and other factors, often intertwined in complex patterns. The ADAA says anxiety disorders – including generalized anxiety disorder, panic disorder, social anxiety disorder, and specific phobias – are highly treatable, but only 36.9% of people with anxiety receive a treatment.
Along with psychotherapy and lifestyle changes, medications are often prescribed for an anxiety disorder.