What is "Anxiety?"

Discussion in 'Health and Lifestyle' started by manifold, Jun 30, 2008.

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Anxiety is...

  1. Mostly just a euphamism for wuss-itis

    10.0%
  2. Real health condition as serious as all others

    20.0%
  3. Legitimate is some cases, but often overblown

    70.0%
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    Social anxiety disorder, testing taking anxiety, performance anxiety, etc. What is it really? Is anxiety nothing more than a well crafted medical euphamism for puss-itis? Vote today and tell us what you think?
     
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    Some people have BAD attacks of "anxiety" but ya, the term is being over used and made a lesser meaning by all the things that get covered by it.

    Unless you have had a real anxiety attack you can not even begin to image what it can do to you.

    You have a hard time breathing, you have a hard time thinking, you have a desire to flee that is almost and can be overwhelming, or it can root you to the spot your in. It can cause you to panic and do irrational things. It can cause you physical pain. Those are just the easy parts.
     
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    True, RGS. I once went though a period where I had panic attacks, totally suck! It was a pretty stressful time and I was eventually able to talk myself out of it. Still, I have to vote for option number three.
     
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    I'm hoping my inclusion of a "moderate" third choice will be met with approval.

    Methinks some suffer from decision making anxiety. :D
     
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    You know, Mani, this poll is pretty funny coming from you.

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    I aim to please. :cool:
     
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    There's a difference between anxiety and anxiety disorder.

    Anxiety disorder can be a crippling thing, and lead to all sorts of really bad choices. People who feel horrible all the time don't register positive reinforcement the way normal people do, which means there's no reward for good choices. They're prone to develop alcoholism and drug addiction because that's the only way they ever feel good at all.

    But "anxiety" by itself is a different thing. So the poll isn't specific enough.
     
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    Anxiety can range from everything to worrying that you aren't prepared for a test or your butt looks fat to incapacitating and terrifying anxiety attacks that convince the victim that s/he is in mortal danger of dying. The former is no big deal, is occasionally incurred by everybody and leaves no lasting harm. The latter is a genuine medical condition that, while generally not dangerous, is no laughing matter. Certain phobias can be emotionally (and socially/practically) damaging; certain obsessive/compulsive behavior resulting from anxiety can be life threatening.

    I don't think wuss-itis really factors into any of these.
     
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    Are you trying to make him anxious?
     
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    IMO, the highlighted examples are cases of extreme wuss-itis.
     

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