Reflective Essay: The Definition Of Anxiety

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Section 1: What I know, What I want to Know
Prior to my research, I knew that anxiety had to be more than just a side effect of thinking too much or it “all being in your head”. From personal experience, I knew that anxiety was something that was not easy to deal with, and that there had to be other people out there who have similar symptoms as I do. Also, I knew that anxiety triggers something in an individual’s brain that lead to self-defense because I had taken a health science class my freshman year. My moderate exposure to mental disorders did not lead me to researching the topic of anxiety, my personal experiences did.
It was never that I wanted to be afraid, it was just all that I felt at the time, it was all my mind would think about.
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My goal was to establish a firm foundation to back up my general research on what exactly anxiety is, for with meaning comes understanding. Thus, I researched the definition of anxiety and found the following: “Anxiety, N. 1. A. Worry over the future or about something with an uncertain outcome; uneasy concern about a person, situation, etc.; a troubled state of mind arising from such worry or concern” (Anxiety, 1989). As I continued if found that a synonym for anxiety is angst, which means “Anxiety, anguish, neurotic fear; guilt, remorse” (Anxiety, 1989). After I found out the specifics of the meaning on Anxiety, and what the word could also be compared to, I proceeded to search my exact question. Ultimately, finding that Anxiety is considered a mental disorder that affects about 18.1 percent of adults in America, which is nearly 40 million adults between the aged of 18 and 45 (Jim Folk, 2016). I also found that “anxiety disorders cost the U.S. more than $42 billion a year, almost one third of the $148 billion total mental health bill for the U.S” (Jim Folk, 2016). Research shows that about 10 percent of people will receive proper treatment, and only one third will receive treatment; in many cases, people will experiment with both recreational drugs or medically prescribed mood altering medications. As I continued to further my research I began to take notice that women are nearly twice as likely to suffer from mental disorders (Jim Folk, 2016). To narrow down my research, I proceeded by researching “Anxiety in College”. The National Alliance on Mental Illness conducted research that explained that “One in four students have a diagnosable illness” (Jim Folk, 2016), and 50 percent of college students become so anxious that they began to struggle academically (Jim Folk, 2016). College students, and other victims experience a range of symptoms such as: stress, fearfulness,

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