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swimming_in_anxietyApproximately 18 percent of all adult Americans have some form of anxiety disorder to manage according to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America.

Meanwhile, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that about ten percent of adult Americans suffer from a clinical form of depression.

Furthermore, anxiety and depression are often two conditions that can go hand-in-hand.

So what's the connection between anxiety and depression?

When someone suffers from anxiety attacks, the body can exhaust itself of vital serotonin levels in the brain. Once these chemical levels are depleted enough in the brain, there is nothing left to properly maintain things like mood and emotional balance. Thus, depression can rear its ugly head. What this all means is that anxiety/depression disorders are very common and difficult, but fortunately treatable forms of illness that need proper attention, love, and care.

The good news associated with anxiety problems is that they are a very treatable condition. Plenty of medicinal and non-medicinal solutions exist to effectively treat the problem.

The bad news is that, much like depression, very few people seek the proper treatment. There is a stigma associated with these disorders, where people feel like they will be viewed as "crazy" or "weak-minded" if they seek help. In reality, nothing could be further from the truth. 

Concerning anxiety in particular, one can seek treatment in the comfort of their own home by beginning a calming and stress-relieving meditation practice. Past studies have proven that just 20 minutes per day of a good meditation practice can alleviate just about all symptoms of most forms of anxiety.

If meditation isn't enough, acupuncture for anxiety has been shown to be an effective solution. Read this blog post if you'd like more info on natural remedies you can try at home.

If you or someone you know suffers from one of these illnesses, the important thing to know is to not let it go untreated. Try any available form of help, whether it is self-help or talking to a friend or mental health professional is not important. Just as long as you seek help in some form. Remember, you are not alone. Many people have these problems and can effectively manage them with the right treatment that works for them.

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