My intent for this blog is to shed light on the struggles of chronic anxiety as someone who has a support system and a loving relationship with Christ. It's about living, learning, and being educated about the struggles we face today in a high stress and high stakes society.
Tuesday, August 19, 2014
What anxiety is and is not!
For starters I thought it would be very beneficial to cover what anxiety is and is not. Anxiety is defined by Dictionary.com as "distress or uneasiness of the mind caused by fear of danger or misfortune." This is the most common form of anxiety that we all experience at one time or another. This could be being nervous before riding a roller coaster or being scared to kill a spider in the house. Most people can relate to this kind of tension in their lives.
Then whats the big deal, right? You just kill the spider and go on with your life! Sure, if your anxiety is not chronic or a disorder. Listed below are the different ways people with and without chronic anxiety might react to a similar situation...
Failing their first test of the semester...
Without chronic anxiety- Well, this sucks, I guess I'm really going to have to study for the midterm. Maybe I should join a study group?
With chronic anxiety- Are you kidding?! I studied for three hours last night! I don't have the time to study anymore. I'm going to be lucky to pass the class! There goes my GPA!
To some of you out there this may seem overly dramatized, but my husband and the rest of my family can attest to the fact that this is a very realistic depiction.
I love this illustration, it does the mind good to have a little laugh.
Different for everybody
Anxiety is not...
something everybody can just "get over" or "deal with"
always passing, it sometimes sticks around for long periods of time which is "chronic" anxiety
Thank you all so much for reading! Please be looking out for the next post!