It affects 18.1% of the population of the United States making it the most common mental illness in the country.  While it often requires mental health treatment, many people neglect to get the help they need. Anxiety plagues people of all ages and backgrounds, but the question is: Why? How did this number get so high?
Unfortunately, no one seems to have an exact answer, but there are some probable reasons as to why anxiety is so common.
It should come as no surprise that many mental health consultants blame the rise of the internet, and social media especially, for anxiety in teens and twenty-somethings. Comparing lifestyles depicted in social media and a fear of missing out (FOMO) are likely causes of anxiety as well as social media’s ironic effect on loneliness.  Not to mention the fact that social media is addictive, producing the same increase in dopamine that drugs give you. At this point, it appears anxiety and millennials are intertwined.
With the rise in technology also came an increase in artificial lighting and bad sleep habits. The blue light waves from your phone or computers late at night can have twice the adverse effects on your body’s production of melatonin, the sleep hormone, than normal artificial light.  Could something as simple as unplugging alleviate some of the anxiety in millennials?
Is anxiety on the rise? Some researchers suggest that anxiety disorders are not necessarily increasing, but people are more open about their anxiety and actively seeking treatment. Years ago, mental health disorders and anxiety were taboo topics, but now anxiety has become a constant topic of discussion. Were rates of anxiety mostly underreported in the past? 
If you suffer from anxiety or another mental health disorder, you are not alone. Anxiety is so common, often followed by co-occurring disorders. Whether you or someone you love is looking for a mental health program, or specifically for anxiety treatment in Boca, we can help. We also provide co-occurring disorder treatment in Boca.