Constantly Fretting About the Future? Here's How to Stop Anticipatory Anxiety in Its Tracks
The pandemic has put a spotlight on mental health. In an incredibly stressful year, more people are struggling—but on a positive note, more are seeking professional help. One issue that mental health professionals have noticed come up more often in the past year is anticipatory anxiety.
Anxiety disorders are the most common mental disorders in the United States, with 19.1 percent of the population diagnosed with one. The pandemic, of course, has piled on the stress. According to a study by the American Psychological Association (APA) called Stress in America: Money, Inflation, War Pile On To Nation Stuck in COVID-19 Survival Mode, "seven in 10 (73%) said they are overwhelmed by the number of crises facing the world."
"We all have a genetic disposition for any sort of disorder," says explains Javier Barranco, a clinician at Berman Psychotherapy in Atlanta. "Some have a higher disposition than others," which means they have a higher threshold and can take on more stress before experiencing symptoms.