Anxiety is a mental illness that causes millions of Americans to feel too much fear, nervousness, or worry, which gets in the way of their daily lives. Your heart beating fast, shaking, sweating, shortness of breath, feeling sick, and being dizzy are all outward signs. People with anxiety can also have bad moods, act out, and have trouble thinking clearly. This can make them sad, angry, restless, and unable to sleep.
A new study from Mental Health America ranks Texas as having the 39th worst mental health for people in all 50 states and the DC. It’s harder for people with mental illnesses in Texas to get help than in most other places because of this. The study also found that Texas has the most people who are anxious. In Texas, 22.8% of people say they have frequent anxiety that gets in the way of their lives.
This is more than the national average of 19.5%. The study also looks at how common anxiety is in towns in Texas. With a rate of 25.9%, Houston has the highest rate. After that came Dallas with 24.7%, San Antonio with 23.9%, Austin with 22.4%, and Fort Worth with 21.8%. In El Paso, only 16.9% of people say they have regular anxiety. This is the lowest rate in the state.
What Are the Main Reasons for And Effects of Worry in Texas?
Conditions in Society and The Economy: The poverty rate in Texas is 13.6%, which is higher than the 10.5% rate across the country. Being poor can make you more likely to feel anxious because it can cause a lot of stress, a lack of resources, and a sense of being dangerous. It’s also the worst in the country that 18.4% of people in the state don’t have health insurance. Getting mental health care might be harder and costs might go up because of this.
Environmental factors: Texas is hit by natural disasters like storms, floods, tornadoes, wildfires, and droughts, which cause stress, loss, moving, and damage to property. People and groups are having trouble because of these events, which makes people feel unsure and anxious. In 2017, Hurricane Harvey hit Texas and hurt over 13 million people.
It was estimated that the damage would cost $125 billion. Two types of health were harmed by the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020 and 2021. It had a big impact on business and on the people of Texas. During the pandemic, worry and sadness scores went up among adults in Texas, but they went down afterward. However, they stayed above levels seen before the pandemic.
Cultural Factors: People in Texas come from a lot of different backgrounds. A little over a fifth of them are American Indian or Alaska Native, 11.8% are Black or African American, and 5.2% are Asian. It’s good that different cultures exist, but they can also be a problem when it comes to things like language barriers, racism, prejudice, discrimination, and social shame.
It’s harder for people from minority groups to get mental health services, which hurts their mental health and well-being. Studies show that Black and Hispanic adults in Texas are less likely than White people to get mental health care. People with anxiety often have trouble with their relationships, their quality of life, and their ability to get things done.
It can also make you more likely to have depression, drug abuse, heart disease, diabetes, and long-term pain, among other mental and physical health problems. Anxiety can also hurt the state’s social and economic growth by making people less likely to go to school, lose their jobs, and pay more for health care.
How Can People in Texas Avoid and Treat Anxiety?
People, groups, and the state of Texas can all do a number of things to avoid and treat anxiety:
Increasing Education and Awareness About Mental Health: Getting rid of the shame that comes with anxiety and mental disorders can be helped by making more people and experts aware of them. This might make people more likely to ask for help and support and see when they or someone else is worried.
Increasing Education and Awareness About Mental Health: Giving people with worry more and cheaper mental health programs will help them get the help they need. We need to do this by giving more money and access to mental health care, hiring better mental health workers, and letting people get mental health care in their primary care settings.
Improving Access and Quality of Mental Health Care: Making sure people who are worried have the help they need to deal with their problems and get better is important. This means making a safe and friendly space, getting to know people, and helping them in both physical and emotional ways.
Finally, Texas has a big problem with worry that affects many people and the whole state. It can be changed by many things, such as cultural, economic, and environmental conditions. Put in place plans that make it easier for people to get care, learn more about mental health, and get better social and environmental support. This will help Texas residents’ mental health and well-being.