Could Authentic Community Be a Solution to Anxiety?

Have you ever experienced that pit-in-your-stomach type of worry, or found yourself nervously biting off your newly manicured nails? Or how about hiding out in a bathroom stall because you were so overwhelmed and couldn’t catch your breath?

These are all common human experiences that for many happen every day, and often make living life normally feel impossible. According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA), anxiety disorders are the most common mental illness in the U.S., every year affecting 18.1% of the population, which translates to 40 million adults in the United States age 18 and older or 18.1% of the population every year.

And the above statistics are only what is being reported. Can you imagine how staggering the numbers would look like if we took into account all those who are currently suffering in silence?

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