Anxiety

Updated, June 2018.

I am freaking out. I have a geometry quiz tomorrow and I was up too late working on a computer program, so I really didn’t study and as I was leaving the house my mom reminded me how important all my grades are so now I feel more pressure. I just know I will fail and life as I know it will be over!

 Calm down, Steve. It’s just a quiz. And in geometry – you’ll be fine.

No, I won’t, Taylor. I know geometry well enough to know I don’t know the material. And a quiz is serious. It gets weighted into my grade, which counts toward my whole average, which might come down, which might hurt my chances of getting into a good college or finding a great job, which…

Stop! You’re freaking ME out! I’ve never looked at school that way and seeing you like this, I’m glad I haven’t. Seriously, Steve. Get a grip.

Steve normally has a grip, but today he seems anxious about his upcoming quiz because he doesn’t feel prepared and his mother’s comment escalated his worries. Sometimes, even the slightest comment can push us over the edge because we can handle only so much at once. Managing workloads and life commitments can feel overwhelming at times, to anyone!

Of course, we all feel anxious from time to time. So how do you know when it might be a problem? How do you know when you might need a little help managing your anxious feelings? This post will explore those questions about anxiety to help you get a grip on emotions that make you feel overwhelmed. This post will cover:

What is anxiety?

What is the difference between stress and anxiety?

Comparing stressful, anxious and phobic thinking

Anxiety or anxiety disorder?

Why is anxiety so common?

What causes anxiety?

How is anxiety treated?

Bonus YSS: Panic attacks: What are they? What can you do?

Bonus YSS: What are the most prevalent (common) anxiety disorders?

(Sources for these posts can be found throughout and at the very end.]

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