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ACTIVITY. Ana Howard. Anxiety (Personal Connection). How do you define anxiety?. Merriam Webster: “ Anxiety is a state of intense apprehension, agitation, tension, and dread arising from a real or perceived threat of imminent danger.” Key phrase: “real or perceived threat of imminent danger”.

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Ana howard

Ana Howard

Anxiety(Personal Connection)

How do you define anxiety
How do you define anxiety?

Merriam Webster: “Anxiety is a state of intense apprehension, agitation, tension, and dread arising from a real or perceived threat of imminent danger.”

Key phrase: “real or perceived threat of imminent danger”

Tell tale signs physical track meet
Tell-tale signs- Physical(Track meet)

Difficulty getting breath or over-breathing

Racing heart

“Jelly legs”

Excessive sweating

Smothering sensation


Out of body sensation

Feeling that surroundings are unreal

Difficulty falling asleep


Hot flashes


(Mayer, 3;28)


Tell tale signs emotional
Tell-tale signs- Emotional

Difficulty concentrating

Difficulty opening up

Feeling out of control


Extreme self-consciousness

Intense fear

Fear of going insane

Feeling trapped


Strain on relationships

Extreme dependence

(Mayer, 15)

Back to introduction
Back to Introduction

How did you feel?

Did you feel any of these symptoms?

Have you felt any of these before?

If that s not enough
If that’s not enough….

READ POSTER ON BOARD (note to self- make the poster that says this scenario)

Back to introduction1
Back to Introduction

Now this may not be exactly how so and so felt while doing this, because Marge has an anxiety disorder. Marge’s symptoms may be much more intense, but should be similar

Difference between anxiety and an anxiety disorder
Difference between anxiety and an anxiety disorder


Anxiety Disorder




Out of nowhere

Huge impact


Anxiety anatomy
Anxiety- Anatomy

Brain/Nervous System





Anxiety anatomy1
Anxiety- Anatomy

Sympathetic Nervous System


(Sheehan, 85-86)

Anxiety anatomy2
Anxiety- Anatomy

Limbic System


Cingulate gyrus

Ventral tegmental

Basal ganglia

(Sheehan, 133-135)

Anxiety disorders characteristics
Anxiety Disorders- Characteristics

Social Phobia

Fear of embarrassing self

Fear of judgment

Hypersensitive to criticism

(Sheehan, 135)

Social phobia
Social Phobia


Time: Start to :26 seconds

Anxiety disorders characteristics1
Anxiety Disorders- Characteristics


Reliving traumatic event



(Mayer, 78-79)


Video- This Emotional Life

Anxiety disorders characteristics2
Anxiety Disorders- Characteristics




(Mayer, 75-77)


The OCD Project Video

Time: Start at 1:50

Anxiety disorders characteristics3
Anxiety Disorders- Characteristics


Excessive worry


(Mayer, 99-102)



Anxiety disorders anatomy
Anxiety Disorders- Anatomy


Pre-frontal cortex


(Mayer, 55-57)

Anxiety disorders anatomy1
Anxiety Disorders- Anatomy




(Mayer, 78-79)

Anxiety disorders anatomy2
Anxiety Disorders- Anatomy


Lateral OFC (Orbitofrontal Cortex)

(Mayer, 75-77)

Anxiety disorders anatomy3
Anxiety Disorders- Anatomy


Basolateral amygdala

Centromedial amygdala

(Mayer, 99-102)

Parenting styles
Parenting- Styles

Permissive/ Indulgent- Characteristics

Excessively lenient

Avoidance of confrontation

Child regulates himself/herself

Emotional Warmth


Parenting styles1
Parenting- Styles

Permissive/Indulgent- Implications


Lack of respect

Disregard for “unnecessary” tasks

High self-esteem

Better social skills


Parenting styles2

Authoritarian- Characteristics

Obedience oriented

Well structured home environment

Children must obey (no explanation needed)

Possible withdrawal of affection


Parenting styles3

Authoritarian- Implications

Poor social skills

Low self-esteem

Higher levels of depression


Parenting styles4

Authoritative- Characteristics

Clear standards in home environment

Assertive, not restrictive

Supportive discipline

Desire for social responsibility

Start to :55 seconds


Parenting styles5

Authoritative- Implications

Socially competent


Better emotional health overall


Parenting styles6


Low responsiveness: Parents----> Children

Rejection/Neglect of child

LOW demand from parents

Little to no moral support


Parenting styles7
Parenting Styles

Uninvolved- Implications

Low performance in all aspects


Stigma history
Stigma- History

Stigma surrounding mental illness

Middle ages- exorcisms

Early America- burned

1920s- 1960s- torture, lobotomy, etc.


Stigma beliefs
Stigma- Beliefs

“Suck it up”

70% (Sharma)

Attention hogs



Stigma facts
Stigma- Facts

Leading cause of burden in U.S.


More than all cancers combined

273 billion

55.4 billion


Stigma anxiety
Stigma- Anxiety

Anxiety IS a mental disorder

80% - “Anxiety can be controlled if you are strong enough”

80-90%- treatment

33%- treatment


Stigma scenario
Stigma- Scenario

Have a poster with the two contrasting scenarios of girl with anxiety and then girl with a cough and fever

Service learning what
Service Learning- What?

Joined an anxiety support group for teen girls

Stigma service learning
Stigma- Service Learning

Didn’t comprehend the stigma fully

Girls struggled

Can’t comprehend

Service learning how
Service Learning- How?

Up close and personal

Understood the consequences

Heard stories

Service learning why
Service Learning- Why?


Coping techniques

Not alone

Can’t blame myself

Meant a lot

Helped others

Helped me


Why is this relevant?



(Breathing activity, mindfulness activity)


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