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Why Is Anxiety On The Rise?

It is very normal to have anxiety. After all, anxiety is a way of your brain reacting to stress and sending signals to your body to prepare for potential threats.

Occasionally, it's okay to be anxious over an upcoming exam or presentation. But if you are experiencing recurrent anxiety attacks then perhaps it's better to seek medical help before your anxiety turns to anxiety disorder. Anxiety disorder is a type of mental illness that causes you to have excessive worry, fear or nervousness that can affect your daily life like studies, work, family life or social functions.

If you have anxiety issues then you are not alone. 18.1% of the population of the United States are diagnosed with anxiety disorder making it the most common type of mental illness in the US. The numbers are expected to be higher as most people with anxiety issues have never been diagnosed.

Anxiety is on the rise especially for young people around the world especially for people that fall in the Gen Z group. We don't really know why, but critics would quickly pinpoint the problem to the internet, mobile phone, social media and poor sleeping habits.

There is a strong connection between anxiety and the popularity of the internet especially with social media. Social media is often perceived to carry negative effects when it comes to mental health. People in their twenties start comparing lifestyles and persona on social media in order to not miss out on the trends. Such behavior can easily manifest anxiety in teens and young adults.

Social media was intended to bring people together, but for some it can isolate them and bring forward loneliness. Social media can be addictive in nature and when you become addicted to constantly checking new feeds, social media becomes a tool for your need for the release of dopamine just like the need for drug fix. Therefore it is foreseeable why social media can bring anxiety to young people.

Another point to consider when it comes to technology, the use of mobile phones, tablets or laptops does contain artificial light or blue light which does disrupt sleeping habits. When you use mobile phones excessively at night it could impact your sleep hormones or melatonin making you lose the quality of sleep that is essential to you.

According to a report released by Harmony Healthcare IT, out of a 1,000 people from the age group of 18-26 were surveyed and found that 61% have been medically diagnosed with a type of anxiety. More than half of the participants said their anxiety has gotten worse in 2023. Factors like the future, work, finance, social activities and relationships are keeping them up at night. A lot of them felt that they are not getting the support from their peers, family and friends.

The same study also explored how technology and social media may be causing harm to the mental health of youth today. 3 out of 4 participants said they felt anxious when making phone calls. Over 20% admitted that they have increased heart rate, sweating and feel restless if they don't have access to their phones. 37% feel that their phones interfere with their daily life while 58% panic when their phones are on low battery.

To combat this Gen Z often chooses the wrong way out to cope with their anxiety like eating junk food, smoking marijuana, drinking alcohol, binge eating and smoking/vaping nicotine. All of this will trigger your anxiety, not lower it. Let us show you how CBD would be a better option for helping with anxiety.

CBD interacts with the Endocannabinoid System which helps regulate functions like mood, appetite, sleep/wake cycle, pain sensation and immunity. The endocannabinoid system is said to influence the workings of the neurotransmitter functions and serotonin to help regulate stress response which in turn will reduce anxiety.

CBD is available in many forms like CBD oil, tincture, vaping oil, capsules, edibles, gummies or balms and we encourage you to find out what works best for you.

How much CBD do you need for anxiety? This is hard to say as there is not enough research done to fully determine the right dosage. The quality of CBD and the potency needs to be considered too. Some people require a higher potency CBD while some may prefer just a smaller and more comfortable amount. Research experts believe that 300-600mg of CBD should be enough to manage anxiety symptoms.

You also need to consider the ingredients when choosing CBD. Make sure that the product is organic, includes high quality ingredients with clearly listed labels in the packaging. Labels should indicate the type of CBD whether it is made from CBD Isolate (THC free), Full Spectrum (contains CBD, THC and other cannabinoids or Broad Spectrum (similar to full spectrum but without THC). The labels should also state the amount of CBD and THC. The CBD product should be lab tested from an independent third-party lab and includes Certificate of Analysis to guarantee that the product is safe and free from toxin.

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Written by Vivek Roachthavilit

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