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Anxiety is Manageable


"Life is ten percent of what you experience and ninety percent how you respond to it" ~ D. N.

Written by Dana Rockwell 

What is anxiety? I am taking some courses toward a Mental Health certification, and recently we were asked "what is anxiety"?  Knowing a lot about anxiety and panic attacks from experience, I felt the proper definition would be a state of overwhelming fear, anxiousness, and apprehension.  After learning more about anxiety, I'd like to share the American Psychological Associations definition of anxiety and the difference between my understanding of anxiety vs anxiety disorder.  

Anxiety defined
According to the APA (2016),  anxiety is an emotion characterized by feelings of tension, worried thoughts and physical changes like increased blood pressure.  At times experiencing a little anxiety is normal, just because one is anxious or has slight anxiety does not mean they have a disorder.  There are various parts to an anxiety disorder vs anxiety.  In explainable terms, a person must have specific symptoms in order to be diagnosed with an actual anxiety disorder. 

Anxiety disorders, as stated in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5) (2013), "Include disorders that share features of excessive fear and anxiety and related behavioral disturbances" (pg. 189).  The fear that is present with an anxiety disorder is highly excessive or notable.  In other words, it is not the normal fear we may experience from being nervous on the first day of school or beginning a new job.  The anxiety disorder sufferer may be petrified of a situation and avoid it at all costs.  I have been there. 

Anxiety stats
Did you know that anxiety disorders are the most common mental health illness in the United States?  This fact was listed on the  Anxiety and Depression Association of America's (ADAA)website.  According to the ADAA, over 40 million people suffer from an anxiety disorder at some point in their lives, some seek treatment while others do not.  There are many anxiety disorders, generalized anxiety disorder or GAD is the most common one. 

Anxiety is manageable
Anxiety in any form can become detrimental to an individual especially when it begins to interfere with and affect their life and how they live. While there is no immediate cure for anxiety,  it is important to know that anxiety is manageable.  Many anxiety sufferers are resistant and see no end to suffering.  

365 Days of Health and Fitness is working on motivational book which will be about reducing anxiety, stress, and negativity from everyday life in order to make anxiety manageable. 

If you would like to be a part of this project or a project sponsor, please contact Dana at danarockauthor@gmail.com. 

Your Gracious Founder,
Dana R.

References:

American Psychological Association

American Psychiatric Association (2013).  Diagnostic and statistical manual of mental disorder: DSM-5.  Washington, D.C.:  American Psychiatric Association. 

Disclosure:  365 Days of Health and Fitness, its founder, and the writers are not responsible for any medical or mental health decisions of its reader.  We promote readers to seek the proper medical advice and serious attention to all health and mental health related matters.  This article is written with mere suggestions and the advice of an individual who has suffered with anxiety disorders.  We do not claim to be experts nor are allowed to give professional medical or mental health advice.  Therefore, we will not be held legally responsible for the decisions of the reader. If you are experiencing any type of medical or mental health emergency, contact 911. 





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