Anxiety is one of those things that a LOT of people have, but nobody seems to know what causes it.
Sure, you can google â€œWhat causes anxietyâ€ and youâ€™ll find something like this â€œAnxiety disorders may be caused by environmental factors, medical factors, genetics, brain chemistry, substance abuse, or a combination of these. It is most commonly triggered by the stress in our lives.â€
Is it just me, or is this one of the most vague answers youâ€™ve ever heard? That quote was taken off of MedicalNewsToday, one of the most credible sites for medical information.
For most people, they see something like that and say â€œYeah, stress, the environment, thatâ€™s why i have anxiety… Okay, i guess thatâ€™s it thenâ€. That answer is satisfactory.
Â Iâ€™d like to take it a few steps deeper. This page says anxiety is â€œcaused by environmental factorsâ€…. what factors exactly would that be? It says that itâ€™s â€œmost commonly triggered by the stress in our livesâ€. Why do we have the stress in the first place? What are we doing collectively as a species that 40 million people in the US alone have anxiety?
What are we doing thatâ€™s created Anxiety to be the most common mental illness in the U.S.?Â
Ever notice that these websites never answer questions like that? You see how were going deeper?
Iâ€™m not even joking about that, hereâ€™s a statistic from another medical website, that says â€œAnxiety disorders are the most common mental illness in the U.S., affecting 40 million adults in the United States age 18 and older (18% of U.S. population).â€
This is unnatural. Can you see another species in nature where almost half of the species is “mentally ill”?
And hereâ€™s another question… Why is it that weâ€™ve labelled anxiety as a mental illness? By labeling it as one, weâ€™ve made the problem about the individual person. Itâ€™s essentially saying â€œHey, if you have anxiety, there is something wrong with you.â€Â
With Panic to Freedom, weâ€™ve taken a different approach. We are far more interested in addressing the root of the problem, those questions that everyone else is afraid of asking. What is it, why do we have it, and what is there we can do about it?
These questions do have answers! In fact, iâ€™m about to tell you them right now.
Remember that question from earlier… What are we doing thatâ€™s created Anxiety to be the most common mental illness in the U.S.?Â
Itâ€™s actually pretty simple. As a species, weâ€™ve created a perceived separation between all of us. I wrote an article about this recently, in which i described the great secret of success as the recognition of the connections between you and your friends and loved ones.
When we feel separate, isolated, and without anyone to back us up or give us love, we have panic attacks, anxiety, depression, all of it! There are now millions of people who are feeling this way, completely alone in the world, as if everyone around them is an enemy.
The good news is, there is something you can do about it. Itâ€™s something we can all do. When we begin to create more intimate, real, and powerful connections with each other, we can begin to feel safe again around other people, and step back into who we really are. The return to innocence that we once were when we were born.