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Anxiety Disorder Volume 1, Issue 1


MICDS: Leah Thomas

It’s taking a toll on me: Teenage Anxiety

Inside this issue: It’s taking a toll on pg1 me Music Therapy and pg1 Anxiety Life with Anxiety


Anxiety medication?


Anxiety Disorders in America






The group of people gered. Anxiety Disorwho have had an escaders can cause symplating amount of aftoms from dizziness to fected people over the a shortness of breathe. years with Anxiety ,are These physical sympteenagers. Their symptoms interfere with their toms are usually overlooked as just “teenage troubles” that every teenager goes through but Teenage anxiety is a problem that needs to be addressed. Just like Adults, children and teenagers suffer from anxiety and as Caption describing picture or teenagers get older graphic. and go through chemical/emotional changes while becoming an adult their stress skyrockets and their emotions are easily trig-

every day lives. There‟s no specific reason for the cause, but anxiety in teens could occur from a divorce, loss in the family, or too much work or expectations to do/reach. Because Anxiety Disorders could lead to depression, especially in teenagers (emotional/physical changes), Anxiety Disorders should not be ignored or confused with „”teenage troubles”. Anxiety Disorders can affect a persons physical state, test-taking skills, and social abilities.

Music Therapy and Anxiety Music therapy is a way to cope with or heal an illness. It is an established profession and is scientifically proven to help with side affects of anxiety from surgery to general anxiety. Music therapy can improve focus, social interactions, manage stress, express feelings, and more. One of the reasons that it‟s scientifically and medically

proven effective is it‟s affect on breathing and heart rate. People with an Anxiety disorder such as a Panic Disorder tend to have high heart rates because this illness tends to “”mimic”” the symptoms of other illnesses/diseases like breathing disorders, heart disease, and thyroid problems. If a person is experiencing anxiety Music alters the nervous system

in response to changed brain waves and can slow down a heart rate and calm breathing due to the pace of the music. Universities have added programs for this fairly new medical career. ~The Central Conservatory of Music~~

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Anxiety Disorder

Life with Anxiety: Peach Smith the true story. Symptoms and help

Living with anxiety can be hard, but after the problem is addressed managing it can be easy.

It’s something more than the average worry, it’s not the usual panic, you know there’s something wrong: Anxiety Disorder.

“I didn’t know what to do, I was so stressed! All of the time!”~

Peach Smith is a 22 year old female and sufferer of GAD (General Anxiety disorder). She reports “I didn‟t know what to do, I was so stressed! All the time”. When asked to further explain her symptoms she explained, “I would have unusual muscle tension, trouble sleeping, fatigue, and worry about the littlest things even if I knew in the back of my head that I was being irrational or unrealistic”. Confused

on all of the symptoms Peach reports that she saw a doctor. The doctor told her that all of these symptoms we‟re tale-tale signs of Anxiety disorder and recommended that she saw a therapist and to undergo CongestiveBehavioral-Therapy. According to the Anxiety Disorder Association of America (ADAA) “ The goal of cognitive therapy is to change unwanted and disturbing thought patterns.” and “The goal of behavior therapy is to modify and gain control over unwanted behavior.” CBT is a common solution for less serious

~Peach Smith Life with Anxiety

Anxiety disorders and is not long term. This gave Peach and other sufferers and outlet to talk to and rationalize. “I now know how to live normally with Anxiety disorder! But now I‟m free!” says Peach. She claims at first she didn't know she had this disorder but now that she‟s accepted it she knows how to live her life to the fullest. One third of all people with Anxiety Disorders never get medical help probably because like Peach they didn‟t know their own illness. This is why the public should be informed of Anxiety Disorder and learn how to live with it.

“Anti-Anxiety” Medication?

Anxiety Disorders are usually treatable with relaxation techniques or with therapist instruction, but when symptoms of Anxiety become severe, medication is one of the first options doctors turn to. But when is it okay to classify anxiety as “medicine necessary”, what are the risks and side-effects, and how to make sure patients don‟t start to rely on the medicine and never get better? One of the most popular anxiety medicines are benzodiazepines which include Xanax, Klonopin, Valium, and Ativan all which are very strong medicines. Side-effects include impaired thinking, drowsiness and sleepiness, slurred speech, depres-

sion, double vision, confusion, and depression. So if a patient is considering using medicine vs. other treatments they should be aware of the wide range of side-effects, some of which are worse than the Anxiety Disorder itself. Some users experience Mania, Hallucinations, aggressive or impulsive behavior, and Hostility and rage. If a person with Anxiety disorder is debating whether medication is the right choice for them they should weigh the pros and cons and try other forms of relief first. Medication should be a lastresort option.

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Volume 1, Issue 1

Anxiety disorder in America and The ADAA

Anxiety disorders can be developed in a serious of different ways. They can develop from a chemical imbalance in a persons body or because of an unrealistic sense of worry that starts to interfere with every day life. But, whatever the explanation is people with the illness need help coping, living normally with it, and maybe getting rid of it all together.

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Anxiety disorders are the most popular illness in the United States. The Anxiety Disorder Association of America has totaled that this illness affects 18.1% of the US population. Women are twice as likely to be affected by general anxiety disorder, specific phobias, Post Traumatic stress disorder and panic dis-

A “mimic” symptom in anxiety disorder is a physical symptom caused by Anxiety disorder thought to be something else. For example, headaches, fatigue, and muscle tension.

orders than men, but OCD and social anxiety disorders are equally common amongst men and women. Anxiety disorders cost America more than $42 million dollars a year. $22 million dollars (a year) go towards someone seeking medical attention from a “mimic” symptom of an anxiety disorder.

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Leah Thomas


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