Anxiety=extreme apprehension and worry
All of us experience anxiety. Many people have anxiety about specific situations- for example, stage fright, not having enough money (sigh!), taking tests, or socializing with strangers. Social anxiety happens to be one of my personal struggles. The thought of being in close circles with people I don’t know scares the crap out of me, but I’ve learned ways to cope! Most people don’t even know. I’m an educator and a scientist, so I am always teaching, presenting, and networking with people I don’t know.
The truth is…Approximately 20% of the US population has an anxiety disorder. That simply means, you are NOT alone! Unfortunately though, most people don’t seek treatment.
Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD) is characterized by symptoms of excessive, uncontrollable, and often irrational worry. Simply put, this means the anxiety is over the top and often disruptive to daily functioning, difficult to keep under control, and often has no logical/rational source.
Here are 3 questions where I’d love to hear from you in the comments.
1) How do we know when our anxiety is beyond common everyday experiences, and may need more attention?
2) What are things you’ve seen or experienced where you felt like someone’s anxiety was “out of control”?
3) What are ways that you or people you may know cope with it?