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How can I manage my fears about summer break and spending time with family after so long?

The fear of summer and family reunions is a common experience, with 40 million adults in the US suffering from anxiety disorders.

Social anxiety is a significant contributor to summer fears, with 15 million Americans affected by it.

Longer days and increased social activities during summer can exacerbate anxiety, as the body's internal clock or circadian rhythm can be disrupted.

Family reunions may trigger past traumas or unresolved issues, causing feelings of fear and apprehension.

Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) is a proven treatment for anxiety disorders, with 75% of patients showing significant improvement.

Self-care practices such as mindfulness, exercise, and proper sleep can help manage anxiety symptoms.

Medication, when combined with therapy, can be an effective treatment for anxiety disorders, with a 50-60% success rate.

Avoiding caffeine and alcohol can help reduce anxiety symptoms, as they are known stimulants that can increase heart rate and trigger panic attacks.

According to the National Institute of Mental Health, anxiety disorders cost the U.S.

more than $42 billion a year, mostly in indirect costs such as lost productivity.

According to a study published in the Journal of Affective Disorders, people with social anxiety disorder (SAD) have a 2-3 times greater risk of developing major depression.

According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA), only about one-third of those suffering from anxiety disorders receive treatment.

According to a study published in the Journal of Anxiety Disorders, virtual reality exposure therapy (VRET) has been found to be effective in treating various anxiety disorders, including social anxiety disorder (SAD), panic disorder, and specific phobias.

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