What is wrong with having some anxiety? Anxiety helps us to avoid harm or prepare for important events and it can warn us when we need to take action. Anxiety is defined as a feeling of worry, nervousness or unease usually occurring when one is uncertain of an outcome. However for individuals with generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) they may experience anxiety that is persistent and uncontrollable to the point of being overwhelmed. “Individuals with GAD may worry about everyday concerns as a means of avoiding thinking about more distressing topics, primarily related to interpersonal and difficult childhood experiences” (Fisher & Wells, 2011).
Chapter 4 covered anxiety, phobias and obsessive compulsive disorders. Anxiety, fear and phobias are normal human emotions that in most respects are used to keep us safe by influencing us to avoid potentially dangerous situations. It is only when our emotions are not in proportion to the reality of the situation that our fears, obsessions and anxiety become pathological. It is very easy for me to see how an otherwise healthy individual could develop generalized anxiety disorder in today’s society. There is just so much to be legitimately concerned with such as the economy, the high cost of health care and war (such as the war on terrorism).
The large number of students having anxiety disorders has caused a 231% increase in counseling visits (Beiter, et al). I believe that my anxiety is heavily liked to classes. For example my anxiety acts up worst the day before I have French class, or the day before a test (the day before a French test is almost unbearable). This is because anxiety itself is the dread we feel, typically about something that hasn’t happened yet. My anxiety worsens whenever class is about to begin because I worry about if I have prepared myself enough or if I am going to make a fool of
Anxiety makes me feel like an outsider, the odd one out, a human on Jupiter or an alien on Earth. My thoughts fill my brain like meteors; violent masses causing disturbance. So I ask myself, “What will tomorrow bring to me?” “Why can’t I just live like everyone else?” “Will I ever heal?
I. A small amount of anxiety can be a good thing. A lot of anxiety is when it becomes a problem. “The dividing line is when the fear becomes so great that it causes a lot of distress and/or it makes the person not able to do certain things” says Dr. Bridget Walker. Having a constant or persistent feeling of fear and distress, is known as anxiety.
This can include worrying the day before an important exam, getting a brand new job, and trying to figure out how to pay the electric bill by the monthly deadline. On the contrary, generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) consists of worrying about occurrences for at least six months and it affects one’s daily routine. “Physical symptoms that often accompany the anxiety include fatigue, headaches, muscle tension, muscle aches, difficulty swallowing, trembling, twitching, irritability, sweating, nausea, lightheadedness, having to go to the bathroom frequently, feeling out of breath, and hot flashes.” ( Imagine the constant feeling of butterflies in your stomach, your heart beating a mile a minute, and feeling nauseous 24/7. If one can recognize that they worry about little things for a long period of time; that is the best time to consult a healthcare professional.
Anxiety use to be something that l feared. It was like a disease that l felt l had no cure for, and would have to live with for the rest of my life. I constantly felt trapped and scared that at any moment, l would have a panic attack and spiral out of control. It was a scary idea to wake up to every morning, and to fall asleep to every night. My last two college years were not as enjoyable as l wanted it to be, because l kept letting my anxiety get in the way of my life.
These symptoms make it difficult for a person to live their life in peace, and overcoming these symptoms is step one to overcoming the disorder. Ordinary day-to-day activities are interrupted because of anxiety and fear. Constant worrying has a huge impact on your mental as well as physical well-being. Symptoms can be emotional as well as physical.
Cognitive Behavioral Psychology is based on the theory that a person’s thoughts are the main cause of his/her external actions as well as his/her emotions. This branch of psychology focuses on the present and not stressing over the past and future. It relates to the id, ego, and superego science of the brain, therefore supporting the statement that thoughts are the most influential cause of a person’s behavior. In Inside Out, Riley, the main character, is the only child of a family that just moved away from the home in Minnesota to their new home in San Francisco, thus causing the rise of sadness. Consequently, the movie portrays how Riley’s dynamic thoughts change her behavior throughout the movie. Riley’s emotional journey, due to the shock of family movement, can be represented by the ABC theory because her thoughts clearly affect her behavior and emotions.
According to the world health organisation 50 percent of mental illnesses begin by the age of 14, that’s why there are organisation such as the kids helpline dedicated to helping and counselling young people(Kids Helpline, 2016). The Kids Helpline is a free, 24 hour counselling service for young individuals between the age the 5-25, within this organisation 's kids are able to talk to experienced and trained counsellors who offer sessions though the phone, email and over the web (Kids Helpline, 2016) (appendix 1). These experienced counsellors all together respond to 4,500 calls a day, in regards to a range of issues that young people are having (kids helpline, 2016). The organisation 's main aim is to “empower young people by assisting them to develop and create positive relationships” they have helped millions of children and is a critical organisation in relation to kids physical, mental and social well being (Kids Helpline, 2016).
In the contemporary times, great importance is given to the significance of early years of a child’s life. It is widely acknowledged now-a-days that the early childhood years are a predominantly receptive phase in the developmental process. This stage is responsible to lay a foundation in early days and later years for cognitive functioning, learning process, physical wellbeing, and self-regulatory capacities in both personal and social lives. In simple words, “the period from birth to age 5 is one of opportunity and vulnerability for healthy physical, emotional, social, and cognitive development” (Karoly, Kilburn & Cannon, 2005). However, it is also a fact that many children go through several stressors during their developmental years due to which their healthy development may be impaired.
Have you ever wondered why you are so nervous? Have you ever tossed and turned all night because you could sleep, but could not quite figure out what was keeping you up? Anxiety is the feeling fear from unknown expectancy, a feeling of worry, nervousness, or unease, generally about an impendent event or something with an uncertain outcome. Every day we knowingly or unknowingly suffer from this disorder. In recent studies, anxiety has been in association with other disorders such as panic disorder, social anxiety disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, posttraumatic stress disorder, somatic symptom disorder, illness anxiety disorder, delusional disorder.
Having the right knowledge, skills and experience in understanding how children or young people develop are very important tools for early years practitioners. We must put to mind that each child born to this world is unique; they are born with different characters and their personalities and behaviours are formed and influenced by variety of factors. These factors may affect their ways of interacting to the environment and community or setting in which they live in.
Anxiety Anxiety is a sense of fear or dread that something terrible is going to happen. Anxiety can be general or specific to a place, social situation or thing (phobia) Anxiety disorders are a group of mental disorders characterized by significant feelings of anxiety and fear. Anxiety is a worry about future events and fear is a reaction to current