Anxiety disorders are the most common kind of mental illnesses in the United States that affect over 40 million people.
Variations of anxiety disorders include general anxiety disorder, panic attacks, obsessive compulsive disorder, specific phobias, social anxiety disorder, and post traumatic stress disorder. Those who suffer from anxiety are also more prone to suffering from depression simultaneously.
"From the time a girl reaches puberty until about the age of 50, she is twice as likely to have an anxiety disorder as a man. Anxiety disorders also occur earlier in women than in men," reports the Anxiety and Depression Association of America on their website. "Women are also more likely to have multiple psychiatric disorders during their lifetime than men."
There are a number of ways to treat anxiety with therapy or medication, and treatments vary among each individual.
But having a mental illness doesn't make anyone less capable of living a normal healthy life, or achieving big goals.
Whether anxiety disorders affect you or a loved one, it's important to know that no one with anxiety is alone. Learn more about how these influential women have dealt with their anxiety disorders (even in the public sphere) by checking out the gallery above.
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