Anxiety

fearA (1)is for anxiety. Anxiety is not the same as fear, which is the response to a real or imagined threat. Anxiety is a feeling of fear, worry, or unease often not focused on anything in particular and possibly an overreaction to a situation (though not seen that way by the sufferer). It often comes with physical symptoms, such as tension, fatigue, restlessness, and concentration problems. 

When anxiety gets to be too much it becomes a disorder. According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, anxiety disorders affect 40 million people in the United States alone (or 18% of the population ). Anxiety disorders are “the most common mental illness in the U.S.” To me, that’s pretty astounding. Even more astounding, about 2/3 of those suffering don’t receive treatment for what is a highly treatable illness. 

Also according to the ADAA, “anxiety disorders develop from a complex set of risk factors, including genetics, brain chemistry, personality, and life events.” For me, I don’t remember my mother or dad being at all anxious growing up, except situationally, where it was warranted. I was anxious as young as eight years old, but could never figure out why. If anyone in the family was displeased or uncomfortable, it was my job to make it right, you know? At the same time, I ended up displeasing them (and feeling helpless about it) when I would hide in my bedroom during family gatherings. It’s really hard to say what caused all that, what continues to cause my difficulties around people I don’t know. . . or people I know too well. 

Here’s to a well-managed anxiety day. Peace out.

 

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    Maria,
    I don’t know how brave it really is. I mean, how many people will actually be reading this blog? If I were more popular, then yes, daring. Right now the most I can claim is experimental. But you, on the other hand, if I understand correctly, are entering two blogs in the competition. That’s not just industrious, it’s stellar and admirable. I wish you the best of all good luck
    –Chris

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Anxiety is something people often know too little about. Interesting post.

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    I totally agree, Sheena-Kay. Even when I was first diagnosed with my anxiety problems, I had to do lots of research myself to even begin to understand what was going on.

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I also suffer from it, Chris, and have been on clonazepam for many years. In my case, though, I think I got it from my mother, either inherited or learned. She was a champion worrywart, worried about everything (for example, every time I would go out in my car, she’d say “lock your doors!”) In later years, I learned to stop worrying so much, but the unfocused anxiety was still there, resulting in panic attacks for no discernible reason. Good and informative beginning! I’ll be following you.

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    Wow, Elaine, my mom was (is) almost the exact opposite of yours, yelling at me and making me feel really stupid for feeling at all hesitant or afraid. It’s amazing what a difference our environments can make!

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I love your “success as a failure” meme 🙂

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