The Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA) claims that anxiety disorders are the most common mental illness in the United States – affecting nearly 40 million people each year, anxiety disorders can bring about some distressing symptoms. Nobody enjoys feeling restless, groggy, irritable, stressed from racing thoughts, unable to concentrate, nauseous and more, but have you ever considered the ways in which anxiety has contributed well to your life? You may be thinking to yourself, “Absolutely not. Anxiety has caused me so much stress.” Anxiety is treatable, but it’s also important to note that your anxiety may have done you some good in the past. Let’s explore the ways.
- You have likely chosen your words carefully, and your friends admire you for it. Many people with anxiety – especially social anxiety – worry about how others may perceive them. This causes those individuals to typically think very carefully about what they say in front of others. If your friends know you have anxiety, they likely appreciate the sincere thought that you place into your comments – some people don’t do this enough!
- You may be more perceptive to others’ sensitivity. Having anxiety means being tuned into how others may be thinking or feeling. If you have anxiety, you may be that one person who knows to say something nice to someone who needs it or to ask a friend if they’re okay because they seem a little down. That is a characteristic of a great friend!
- You may be very detail-oriented or diligent in the work you complete. Perfectionism and anxiety often go hand-in-hand; you may worry incessantly about possibly getting fired or making the wrong impression, meaning you work twice as hard as others. Your diligence and professionalism have probably already impressed those at your workplace, placing you in the light of admiration.
- You likely have made some wise decisions when it comes to certain people or places, because your worries have served as warning signs. While some people make impulsive choices without considering the consequences, anxiety causes many of us to focus solely on these future concerns. There have likely been a few times when your anxiety has protected you from a dangerous person or situation – in those instances, your anxiety has truly saved you!
While there are ways your anxiety has contributed some good to your life, you may still wish it wasn’t there. After all, those feelings of distress can make it difficult to enjoy daily life. The best step for you to take is to seek out a reputable treatment center today. Get some help and utilize that positivity to develop the tools you need to overcome your obstacles. It’s worth it.
Therapy is a primary component of treatment for rehabilitation from a substance use disorder and/or mental health disorder. Attending treatment with certified clinicians and counselors is critical for a full recovery. At one of New Vista Behavioral Health’s treatment providers, you are receiving exceptional care, held to a higher standard. Our programs result in better outcomes, ensuring a better recovery. For information call us today: 888-316-3665.