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I suppose the best way to start off this blog on “Living with Anxiety” is to offer definitions of what Anxiety is and what it isn’t.
According to WebMD, anxiety disorders are a “group of mental illnesses” in which worry and fear can interfere with a normal life.
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In contrast, nervousness of speaking in front of a group, worry about an exam or a dental appointment, or even sleeplessness over buying a house are just “a normal part of life.”
Personally, I have been diagnosed with GED and Depression. I’m not sure when it started, but I do know that I’ve bitten my nails all my life as a means of expending excessive energy(read: Anxiety). (Interestingly, I don’t when I get a manicure. Why waste the money I paid for the manicure?)
While it bothers me to say that I suffer from a [que deep, ominous voice] mental illness, I prefer that descriptor to one which implies there’s no hope for help. Most illnesses can be managed with the aid of a professional. Mental illnesses are no different. (You did read the Medical Disclaimer, right?)
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Below are the links embedded in the post, plus one to the United States Department of Health and Human Services on Anxiety.