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Apprehending your Anxiety

Updated: Jan 2, 2023

My Experience With Anxiety

I undermined all the times I was oscillating when about to endure public speaking or walking to microwave my food unescorted or asking to use the bathroom while the classroom is noiseless. I couldn’t fathom that my heart would pound at what feels like one hundred miles an hour from such minuscule tasks. It wasn’t till my freshman year after doing my first impromptu speech that I understood all the oscillating was due to my anxiety. I am still on my journey of accepting and dealing with my anxiety with the help of my peers. With time I have learned that anxiety doesn’t have to root from a major traumatic experience but, anxiety can sprout from small experiences. I have learned that the small anxiety filled situations I am in won’t matter in ten years.

What Is Anxiety

Anxiety disorder involves persistent and excessive worry that interferes with daily activities. This ongoing worry and tension may be accompanied by physical symptoms, such as restlessness, feeling on edge or easily fatigued, difficulty concentrating, muscle tension or problems sleeping. Examples of anxiety disorders include panic attacks, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and post-traumatic stress disorder.

Ways To Help With Anxiety

There are three main types of therapy for anxiety disorder: Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), psychotherapy, and mediation. Cognitive behavioral therapy is a talk therapy focused on modifying negative thoughts, behaviors, and emotional responses associated with psychological distress. Psychotherapy is a treatment of mental or behavioral disorders through talk therapy. Meditation improves mental health and helps with relaxation. Other ways to help with anxiety is: to take some time for yourself (doing your favorite hobbies), talking to someone you trust (a friend, a family member, or a professional), spend time sleeping relaxing (sleeping/relaxing is proved to ease nerves), engage in physical activity, eating your favorite food(s). This would all hopefully detour your mind from the stressor.

Stigmas Surrounding Anxiety

Research from the National Survey of Mental Health Literacy and Stigma shows that a common misconception about how society views anxiety is 'most people believe that anxiety is a sign of personal weakness'. The two common misconceptions include, people believing anxiety is not a real medical illness and people think that they could snap out of it if they wanted to.

Asian American Anxiety Stigma

Asian Americans fear they will be viewed as “weak” for having a psychological disorder. Shame and embarrassment force many to struggle in silence and never seek help. Some Asian Americans have found ways to work around the stigma.

African American Anxiety Stigma

Stigma and judgment prevent African Americans from seeking treatment for their mental illnesses. African Americans believe that mild depression or anxiety would be considered “crazy” in their social circles.

Hispanic Anxiety Stigma

People in the Hispanic/Latinx community can be very private and may not want to publicly talk about challenges at home or in their lives. This can continue the cycle of stigma about mental health within the community. Talking about it can be viewed as taboo. Many in the Latinx community are familiar with the phrase “la ropa sucia se lava en casa” (similar to “don't air our dirty laundry in public”).

As you keep learning more about mental health make sure to continue scrolling and read some interesting statistics about anxiety. Also don't forget to add some motivation to your week by checking out the inspiring quote!

when thinking about life, remember this: no amount of guilt can change the past and no amount of anxiety can change the future


Hi I'm the author of this blog post,

Nhi Huynh

I'm a junior in high school. I enjoy shopping, eating, and cheerleading. My favorite food is pasta especially a spicy tomato based pasta with strawberry basil lemonade. My favorite color is pink. I want to pursue medicine, possibly surgery in pediatrics. I am passionate about mental health advocacy.



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