Anxiety #1 of 6

What is Anxiety?

  • “I wish I found some better sounds no one’s ever heard
  • I wish I had a better voice that sang some better words
  • I wish I found some chords in an order that is new
  • I wish I didn’t have to rhyme every time I sang
  • I was told when I get older all my fears would shrink
  • But now I’m insecure and I care what people think
  • My name’s ‘Blurryface’ and I care what you think
  • My name’s ‘Blurryface’ and I care what you think
  • Wish we could turn back time, to the good old days
  • When our momma sang us to sleep but now we’re stressed out (oh)
  • Wish we could turn back time (oh), to the good old days (oh)
  • When our momma sang us to sleep, but now we’re stressed out”

“Stressed Out” by Twenty-One Pilots

Wishing to be unique, wishing to be better, wishing fears would shrink, wishing for a clear identity and not being “Blurrryface” and caring what others think.  As much as I like listening to this song, the distance between expectations (what I’m wishing for), the unknown and reality makes me questions my identity and become anxious also.  In fact, we all become anxious. It’s even useful to make us aware of potential danger or help us focus when something important, like a test, is coming up.

Because we all experience some level of anxiety frequently, it can be hard to tell the difference between “healthy” natural anxiety and someone struggling with an anxiety disorder.  An anxiety disorder differs from natural anxiety in 3 ways:

  1. It is more severe.

  2. It is long lasting.

  3. It interferes with the person’s studies, other activities, and family and social relationships.

WebMD has a brief quiz to help you know if what you’re feeling is natural anxiety or at a level that professional support might be helpful.  What’s Worrying You? The Facts About Anxiety

Quarky is supported by The Anxiety Center at Renew.  They are opening the 2tents IOP for adolescents struggling with anxiety in the fall of 2018.]]>

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