Arthur Somers Roche, playwright
It’s Mental Health Awareness Week (15-19 May 23) and the topic this year is anxiety (last year it was loneliness, and I hope you’ve all managed to make plenty of those ‘weak ties’ with other people at work and in life, as they are so important for helping people to feel that they belong and are not alone).
In this series of 5 emails, I want to give you a short-but-sharp, to-the-point overview of the topic of anxiety and what steps you can take to manage it better in yourself, as well as be aware of what someone else might be going through.
Important note: the content of these emails is not a substitute for professional medical advice. You should consult your doctor if you believe you suffer from an anxiety disorder or if you want help managing your life.
We all experience moments in our lives when we feel anxious: taking an exam, speaking in public, having a job interview or going on a first date, for example, can all cause us to feel stressed and uncomfortable in the short term. In fact, this sort of pressure can bring out the best in us.
It is when the anxiety is long-lasting and impacts the quality of our lives that we ought to seek professional medical help. Symptoms of an anxiety disorder can include and are not limited to the following (when experienced more often than not over a 6-month period):
Anxiety disorders can be general or specific. The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders lists the following:
This blog series is intended to help you become more aware of anxiety in all its forms, and to help you manage mild episodes of anxiety (stress) in your own lives. In the next email, we’ll be looking at why we react the way we do and why it is essential that our plans for dealing with anxiety are made when we are calm in the mind.
Photo by Anvesh Uppunuthula on Unsplash.