What is anxiety?
The dictionary definition for anxiety is: “A mental health disorder characterized by feelings of worry, anxiety, or fear that are strong enough to interfere with one’s daily activities”
Over 4 million of adults in the US every year are affected or over 18% of the population every year.
This chart shows how many times people with anxiety overlook their symptoms and proceed with life.
What causes anxiety?
“Anxiety may be caused by a mental condition, a physical condition, the effects of drugs, or a combination of these. The doctor’s initial task is to see if your anxiety is a symptom of another medical condition.”
- Stress at work
- Stress from school
- Stress in a personal relationship
- Financial stress
- Stress from an emotional trauma such as the death of a loved one
- Stress from a serious medical illness
- Side effect of medication
- Use of an illicit drug, such as cocaine
- Symptom of a medical illness
- Lack of oxygen in circumstances as diverse as high altitude sickness,emphasyma, or pulmonary embolism(a blood clot in the vessels of the lung)
We all face anxiety
I have chosen to research anxiety, because I believe that in some shape or form in everyone’s life not particularly in large doses, people get anxious, and I believe that through the research of this mental illness, I would be able to have a greater understanding of who those with mental illness face life and overcome their anxiety. Mental illness has always intrigued me as although people may seem fine on the outside, their minds are racing on the inside and that can easily be masked.
What’s the difference?
From a neurological standpoint:
“Serotonin is a chemical nerve cells produce. It sends signals between your nerve cells. Serotonin is found mostly in the digestive system although it’s also in blood plateletsand throughout the central nervous system.” A decrease of serotonin in the brain cause to some disorder such as anxiety and depression but they can both be treated. It is important to have a balance of serotonin in the body as it helps reduce depression, regulate anxiety, heal wounds, stimulate nausea, and maintain bone health. The chemical is important for stimulating part of the brain.
- a general feeling of uneasiness
- persistently being on alert for danger
- persistent worry
- an overly cautious approach to life
- a persistent feeling of being unsafe
- overly reactive to things that you perceive could be threatening
- many of the physical, psychological, and emotional symptoms of anxiety
Anxiety 101: Case study interview
I had the opportunity to interview a friend of mine who has Anxiety and she was able to give me some insight on her conditions.
Treatment and medication:
Using Headphones I would encourage you all to engage in this anxiety simulator video then discuss below the feelings that you were feeling and how you experience anxiety on any scale in your day to day life.
How can I help?
Awareness and education is key to helping those with anxiety. As May is mental health awareness month, I encourage all of you to visit the Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA) in order to learn more about mental health like anxiety and even donate to the cause! Click this link to check it out! https://adaa.org
Also please discuss is this padlet how anxiety has affected you in your own life!