For starters, we can’t just stop worrying.

By Andrea Barbalich
October 23, 2017

“People think of anxiety as a character in a Woody Allen film,” says Jamie Howard, Ph.D., a clinical psychologist in the Anxiety and Mood Disorders Center at the Child Mind Institute in New York City. “People who have it are kind of neurotic. They’re being silly, and they should just knock it off.” While this portrayal may be funny in a movie, it’s anything but for those who are coping with the disorder. And that’s a big number: Anxiety disorders are the most common mental illness in the United States, affecting 18 percent of adults, according to the National Institute of Mental Health. Here are a few things those 40 million people would really like you to know.

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