Will my anxiety go away on its own?

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Anxiety disorders are fairly prevalent, affecting nearly 34% of the adult population at least once in their lives. An anxiety disorder is a type of mental health disorder that involves an atypical nervous system response. The body may perceive stress in excess and experience mental and physical symptoms of anxiety more than normal. These types of disorders can become overwhelming and frequently interfere with a person’s daily functioning. When these disorders begin to impair one’s ability to function day-to-day, treatment may become a helpful necessity.

If you’ve been struggling to manage an anxiety disorder on your own, here is some information that may be helpful to you. We’ll go over whether or not anxiety can go away without help, some common types of anxiety disorders, and why professional help is a good idea.

Can anxiety go away on its own?

The question you’re probably most hoping to have answered at the moment is — will anxiety go away on its own? The answer is — it depends. Whether or not your anxiety will go away on its own can vary because of a few different factors. These may include what type of anxiety you have, how much it affects your daily life, and what’s going on around you. Anxiety can go away on its own, but for those with anxiety disorders, symptoms going away on their own is less likely to occur. It’s also important to note that some anxiety disorders may require less attention than other types. Not only this, but some people who have anxiety may feel like they’re more able to function each day, while others may not. Whether or not anxiety goes away on its own can also be affected by the type of environment someone is in. For example, if someone is in a volatile environment, they’re less likely to experience anxiety going away until they are in a safer environment.

What are some common anxiety disorders?

There are several types of anxiety disorders that can interfere with a person’s daily life. Take a look at a few of the types, listed below. We’ll describe each one along with estimates of how many people are affected by them.

  • Generalized anxiety disorder — Generalized anxiety disorder is a mental health condition that involves chronic and excessive stress and worry. It’s estimated to affect about 3% of the U.S. population.
  • Panic disorder — Panic disorder is a type of anxiety disorder that is frequently characterized by intense panic attacks. These panic attacks may seem to appear out of the blue. It’s estimated that about 5% of adults in the U.S. will experience a panic disorder at some point during their lifetime.
  • Obsessive-compulsive disorder — Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is a type of anxiety disorder that is characterized by unwanted, intrusive thoughts that can lead to compulsive behaviors. About 2% of adults in the U.S. will experience OCD.

How can mental health services help those with anxiety disorders?

Mental health services can be very beneficial for those who deal with anxiety disorders. If you’ve been diagnosed with a lasting anxiety disorder and you’re concerned that it just won’t go away on its own, you deserve to receive the help you need. You may benefit from a professional’s guidance. They’re specialists in helping people with mental health disorders work toward improved quality of life. 

Lightfully wants to help you manage your anxiety disorder

Our mission at Lightfully is to work with individuals to change their life compassionately. We strive to provide high-quality mental health care to various types of clients through a focused approach to process-based therapy. The framework of our clinic consists of evidence-based, clearly defined, data-driven and whole-person-centered care. Lightfully offers various layers of service to both adults and teens: residential treatment, Virtual Intensive Outpatient Program (vIOP), Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP), and Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP), also referred to as our Day Treatment Program. We regularly see clients who actively manage mood, anxiety, personality and trauma disorders. If you or someone you care about has an anxiety disorder that just won’t go away on its own, we’d like to help you. Our therapists are experienced in dealing with a variety of conditions and unique circumstances. We’d like to help you work toward a healthier future.

Our licensed, clinical experts see each client as a complex and layered human — not just a diagnosis. We value our clients as they are and hope to enrich their lives through treatment. Our vision for the future is an authentic and loving community where everyone can be seen, heard, and valued as they are. We believe in the light within each individual, and when that light is properly nurtured it can allow a person to shine brighter than ever before.

Change is possible. When you’re ready to take the first step, reach out to our Admissions Concierge Team. We’ll take the next steps together, toward the fullest, brightest version of you.

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