With the unemployment rate in the United States hovering around 9 percent, it’s a stressful time for many. Those who are unemployed are feeling anxious and stressed as they search for work in a struggling market. But many with jobs are feeling the stress as well. The pressure to keep a job, in addition to everyday work-related stress, can take a total on mental health.
National Stress Øut Week 2011 is November 6–12. If you’re feeling stressed at work, the Anxiety Disorders Association of America (ADAA) urges you to take a moment out of your busy schedule and try to relax. Visit the web site for tips on stress management at work.
An ADAA-sponsored national survey found that 72 percent of people who experience daily stress and anxiety say it interferes with their lives at least moderately. Additionally, 30 percent with daily stress have taken prescription medication to manage stress, nervousness, emotional problems or lack of sleep, and 28 percent have had an anxiety or panic attack. The findings (collected in 2006) support what is already widely recognized: Americans experience stress and anxiety daily, at work and at home.
ADAA has the resources to help. Discover the difference between everyday anxiety and an anxiety disorder. Learn ways to manage your stress and anxiety. Remember, some stress is perfectly normal and happens to everyone. But high levels of stress or anxiety are different than an anxiety disorder—panic, OCD, PTSD, generalized anxiety disorder, social anxiety and phobias. When stress and anxiety become persistent and begin affecting your daily life, it may be an anxiety disorder.
ADAA can help you manage your anxiety disorder in the workplace as well. There are many different ways to treat an anxiety disorder, and it’s important to find an option that works for you.
This year for National Stress Øut Week, let ADAA help you manage your workplace stress. Take a free, quick online screening for anxiety disorders to learn more.