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“Living with anxiety is hard, but there are coping mechanisms”

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This May 18, 2014 article on The Guardian website talks about what it is like to have an Anxiety Disorder and offers the hope to those with anxiety disorders that there is a possibility that they can begin to recover from their illness and lead a life similar to what someone without an anxiety disorder might experience.  It takes a lot of work and patience on the part of the person with the illness and having folks around them who are compassionate and understanding, to act as a support, is always helpful regardless of the type of mental illness a person may be experiencing

English: An anxious person

English: An anxious person (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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“Treatment Often Inadequate for Children With Anxiety Disorders, Study Finds”

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This January 29, 2014 Health Day article on the Philly.com website talks about findings that Anxiety in children is often under-treated.  It is felt that anxiety might be something that can predict future mental health issues that could carry on through adulthood.

 

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One of several versions of the painting “The Scream”. The National Gallery, Oslo, Norway. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

 

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“Take Mental Health Awareness Week Seriously”

English: An anxious person

English: An anxious person (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

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This October 21, 2013 article on the “Onward State” website talks about one person’s experiences with having an anxiety disorder the writer’s experiences are some I was able to relate to myself, and I imagine many other like myself and the person who wrote the piece I linked to probably experience similar problems if they are dealing with a debilitating anxiety disorder.

 

 

 

For myself, I think one of the most frustrating things people have often said to me in a very sad attempt at trying to make me feel better is “everyone gets anxious” I do realize that folks who say this are likely saying it because they think it is helpful to the person with an anxiety disorder, but in reality, based on my experience, it is likely the least comforting response I’ve ever gotten when I disclose that I have an anxiety disorder.  People who don’t have their life put on hold or have it come to a screeching halt because of sheer panic that is often unable to be explained by the person having the panic attack, likely don’t have a clue what they are saying, and because everyone does get anxious about tests or running late for an appointment that kind of thing, everyone assumes that it is the same for folks like myself.  in reality it’s not the same and if it was the same, then everyone would be carrying a script for a medication to help them if the anxiety got too bad, or possibly even be utilizing things like a Service Dog to aid in managing anxiety and helping to alert them to an oncoming panic attack before it gets out of hand.  So while yes I do appreciate when people take an interest in trying to understand me or my diagnosis, I would be grateful if people would stop trying to compare everyday anxiety to what it is like for someone with an anxiety disorder it just isn’t helpful to anyone.

 

 

 

“Mental Health and Hurricane Sandy: What Can We Expect, What Can We Do?”

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This November 7, 2012 article on the HuffPost Healthy Living website talks about some of the myths and facts about the impact something like Hurricane Sandy may have on people, and warns that there are other disorders to watch for beyond PTSD, and that if people are focused on only looking for PTSD they may not see the symptoms of other diagnoses.  The article does indicate PTSD can result from a natural disaster, but there is a progression of symptoms that tends to lead up to it.

“Anxiety Linked to Smarts in Brain Study”

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An anxious person (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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This article from Philly.com dated April 18, 2012 talks about the possible link between generalized anxiety and intelligence

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