Anxiety is an increasingly common condition in the UK and is now thought to affect approximately one in 25 people. This means chances are that you, a friend, a family member or work colleague will experience it at some point. Below are some interesting facts about anxiety and how it affects us.
Pets can help relieve anxiety
Research shows that having a pet can be hugely beneficial to our mental health and a recent study has revealed that pets can even help to lower social anxiety in children with autism.
Anxiety can affect your physical health as well
Untreated anxiety and depression not only affects out mental health, but our physical health as well. Research from the University of Edinburgh shows that people with anxiety or depression could be at a higher risk of dying from liver disease. Other studies have also linked it to gastrointestinal disorders, chronic respiratory disorders and heart disease.
Pollution could be affecting your anxiety levels
Interestingly, a new study has found that air pollution could play a part in our general mental health. It was found that exposure to fine particulate matter air pollution could cause or intensify anxiety as it causes an increase in oxidative stress and inflammation in the body. It’s also thought that pollution could increase anxiety because it aggravates chronic health conditions such as asthma.
Parents may not realise their children are suffering from anxiety
Even the most attentive of parents may miss the signs of anxiety in their children and some may even be in denial about it. A study carried out by Yahoo Parenting and Silver Hill Hospital found that even though two thirds of parents surveyed think that their child could be suffering from anxiety or depression and that nearly half of teens had talked to their parents about it, only 18% had received a diagnosis.
If you think that you or someone you know could be suffering with mental health problems, please feel free to visit our Depression and Anxiety Treatment Programmes page for more information about the signs, symptoms and treatments available. You can also contact us find out more about our residential treatment.