America is an anxious nation. As we learn more about mental health, we’re better recognizing just how many people suffer from mental illnesses and other kinds of mental health issues. Millions of us struggle, and anxiety is particularly common. Studies reveal that anxiety is the most common mental health issue in America, with tens of millions of us suffering from various types of anxiety disorders.
And those numbers are rising, experts say. Each year, more and more Americans are being diagnosed with and treated for anxiety issues. Part of the reason is our growing understanding of mental health and our growing recognition of these conditions and their symptoms. But there may be other factors, too.
Anxious times in an anxious nation
American democracy is an impressive thing, but it’s not for the faint of heart. Political division and acrimony and the rise of certain ideologies have, experts say, contributed to a spike in anxiety and related mental health issues. Americans feel that they are under attack from those who disagree with them. In some cases, it’s hard to argue that it’s not true.
For historically vulnerable groups, the current political climate can be particularly anxiety-inducing. Members of the LGBTQ community, racial minority groups, and others will find lots of worrying signs in the modern political landscape. Whatever our personal politics, there’s no denying that anxiety is a trend in America and a familiar experience for far too many people.
But we don’t have to live with these anxieties alone.
Combating anxiety in America
Despite our nation’s current political climate, there is good news: Our nation is home to world-class mental health professionals. And with a little bit of wrangling with your insurance provider, there’s a good chance that you can get excellent mental health treatment covered by your insurance.
And that’s exactly what you need to do if you want to combat your anxiety. Anxiety doesn’t go away on its own, experts say, and you’re not likely to fare well if you try to battle it on your own. To best address anxiety, we need the help and support of a professional. We need strategies and perspective that only therapy can give us.
That’s why the best way to combat anxiety in America is to seek out therapy. Here’s how to do that.
Finding a therapist and getting treatment
According to one of the leading therapy and rehabilitation body, LaunchCenters.com, to find the right therapist for you, consider first what you’re looking for. Vulnerable or historically marginalized groups may want to choose a therapist who shares their background or identity or who specializes in therapy related to that group. Fortunately, you can find many such therapists, and it’s easy to find an LGBTQ therapist, an African American therapist, or therapists of other backgrounds.
Your mental health is a priority, but that doesn’t mean that money is no object. It’s perfectly understandable to consider payment when seeking a therapist, but don’t assume that you can’t afford therapy. You should contact your health insurance provider and ask about your coverage. You’ll want to find out what sort of treatments will be covered — be sure to ask them about your out-of-network options as most insurance companies don’t volunteer that information – and whether or not you’ll need a referral from your primary care provider before treatment begins.
Once you find therapists who meet your criteria, consider online reviews, recommendations from people you know, review of their websites, and other methods to narrow down your list. You may want to call your would-be therapists on the phone to see how you interact with them. When you find the right fit, commit to therapy, and seek to improve your mental health. It won’t be easy, but you’ll be likely to achieve great results.
If you are not ready to seek professional help there are some self-help options. CBD has proven to be beneficial for those who suffer from anxiety and is available from many online retailers. It is also a much safer alternative to prescription drugs such as Xanax, according to Hemp Healthy, as it does not have any serious side effects.