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Anxiety and Panic Attacks Becoming More Prevalent

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  • Anxiety disorders — which include generalized anxiety disorder, social anxiety and panic disorder — affect an estimated 40 million Americans, or about 18 percent of the U.S. population over the age of 18
  • Genetics, brain chemistry, personality, life events and stress play a role in anxiety disorders. Anxiety is a normal response to stress but, in some, the anxiety becomes overwhelming and difficult to cope with
  • Other factors that can contribute to anxiety and panic attacks include cell phone use, food additives and artificial sweeteners, gut dysfunction, nutritional deficiencies, excessive sugar, improper breathing and toxic exposures such as mold

By Dr. Mercola

According to research published in 2015, anxiety (characterized by constant and overwhelming worry and fear) is becoming increasingly prevalent in the U.S., now eclipsing all forms of cancer by 800 percent.


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