The American Psychological Association (APA) defines anxiety as “an emotion characterized by feelings of tension, worried thoughts and physical changes like increased blood pressure.” Anxiety is a common occurrence in our American culture. Anxiety disorders affect 40 million people in the United States. In fact, it is the most common group of mental illnesses in the country. However, only 36.9% of people with the condition receive treatment.
There are many reasons why anxiety goes untreated for most people. However, if it is left untreated, it may cause more serious problems in adult life. After becoming adults, almost 50% of people who drop out of school report that the major cause of their dropping out of school had to do with their untreated anxiety. This fact relates to a huge loss of self-respect, opportunity and income for those who dropped out.
Why Do Over 60% of People Suffering from Anxiety Not Seek Treatment?
There are many reasons why anxiety disorders are not reported and treated in the US. Here are the four most common reasons:
Perhaps one of the major reasons for not seeking treatment is the cost of the treatment.
Another reason for not seeking treatment is the perceived stigma that goes with seeing a therapist for help.
The fact is that we all will suffer anxiety some time in our lives. However, when anxiety persists and interferes with our daily activities, most of us will deny its existence and avoid seeking help.
Some people are overconfident in their ability to handle the situation on their own. They feel they do not need outside intervention.
Whatever the reason, it is not a good one.
Technology as a Tool for Anxiety Management
With today’s technology there are no excuses for not seeking help for anxiety. Modern-day online assessment, along with skill intervention triggered by the assessment, can be a cost-effective solution for the treatment of anxiety. Not only does it cost less, it also provides a safe place where only the users know that they are seeking help. Best of all is the fact that it is easy to access and and can be delivered on any computer or mobile device, 24/7.
In summary, online anxiety management assessment and skill intervention can be the first line of defense with anxiety attacks. Online anxiety management can address the resistance issues discussed above. Online systems offer a starting point, which may be just what an individual needs. If more intensive intervention is needed, professional help from a therapist can be used in addition to the online help.
Remember – A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. – Lao Tzu
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