Anxiety and Myths

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Anxiety disorders are the most commonly occurring mental disorders. In public perception, they are really similar to depressive disorders. We feel anxious or fearful when we are in a stressful situation. A feeling of anxiety may be called a disorder if it doesn’t go away with the stressful situation and if it starts hampering with your everyday life.

Anxiety Disorders

There are various times when our palms get sweaty, our knees feel weak and arms feel heavy. Apart from being lyrics to an Eminem song, these are also the feelings of someone who is suffering from an anxiety disorder, all the time. They are a broad group of mental illnesses like Generalized Anxiety Disorder, specific phobias, PTSD, OCD or Panic disorders among many others

I have previously talked about OCD and will discuss the other illnesses in the weeks to come. Women and young people are more susceptible to developing a disorder. This is explained by the high hormonal activity, care giving stress and higher tendency to seek comfort than men. Youngsters find themselves under a lot of pressure from peers and parents. This leads to development of phobias and panic disorders in the teen years.

Myths about Anxiety

As is with most mental illnesses, there are a lot of myths about it that are doing the rounds presently. These include referring to it as a blown up version of stress, calling it shyness and believing that it is a temporary problem and fixes itself. There are many articles which address these issues so I am going to focus on the lesser known myths about these disorders. These are things that people believe they know but it is faulty as well.

·        Myth 1: Never Ending Compassion Helps

On face value, this may seem like a pretty good idea but if really applied, it could actually do more harm than good. When someone close to us has an anxiety disorder, it is important that we give them the help they need. It is also very important that we don’t end up insulating them completely from the outside world. We must be the nets to fall back on for a person with anxiety. We need to be people who can get others up again when they fall. What we must not be is a thick coat of compassion which protects them all the time. We need to be nets, not wrappings.

·        Myth 2: It is Glamorized Shyness

This has actually not been disproved with totality yet. There are debates among scientists about what the definition of shyness is and how it differs from social phobias. Another important distinction is that shyness may have social anxiety as a component but social anxiety doesn’t include shyness as a trait. People may be shy because of social anxiety but not the other way around.

There is a lot that the general public doesn’t know about anxiety. It is accepted as a symptom of various illnesses but not as a disorder by itself. There are many things that people believe are true about it but don’t have any scientific backing as yet. Anxiety disorders are a group of mental illnesses and I will discuss many of them in the next month.

It will give me and you an opportunity to learn something more.


202 Comments

Jyotirmoy Sarkar · September 1, 2018 at 11:00 PM

Very informative post on anxiety.

    knightofsteel · September 2, 2018 at 5:09 AM

    Thank you 🙂

sukrisblog · September 2, 2018 at 12:13 AM

Anxiety disorders are experienced by most people now. Only they don’t realize of acknowledge its existence. Some times i too experience it due to stress.

    knightofsteel · September 2, 2018 at 5:06 AM

    The feeling of anxiety is pretty common. Anxiety disorders are actually rarer in comparison. It is important to differentiate between the two.

    Thank you for visiting 🙂

mommytincture · September 2, 2018 at 12:19 AM

I always believed in the first myth, that unconditional love and support helps. But you shattered it for me. Looking forward to read more from you.

    knightofsteel · September 2, 2018 at 5:02 AM

    I think with this knowledge you are better equipped to take care of someone in need of help. I’m glad I could be of help.
    Thank you for dropping by ☺️

shri.krishna.sharma · September 2, 2018 at 12:22 AM

Very nice information regarding anxiety disorders and the right strategy to deal with people suffering from them. Really people suffering from it need very delicate care and support.

    knightofsteel · September 2, 2018 at 5:00 AM

    Yes they do. Thank you for dropping by ☺️

Milan · September 2, 2018 at 12:35 AM

I agree when you say we have be like nets not wrappings. lets not suffocate a person who suffers from anxiety with our unnecessary help. Nice post!!

    knightofsteel · September 2, 2018 at 12:38 AM

    Yes! Thank you. If we wrap people up they may end up enclosed in a small circle which could actually increase the intensity of anxiety.

Anks · September 2, 2018 at 12:45 AM

We need to be nets, not wrappings – so well put. I think this is true for most support groups. Be it for disorders like you mentioned or general life too!

    knightofsteel · September 2, 2018 at 4:52 AM

    Thank you! This piece of advice goes for many things in life.

Namratha Varadharajan · September 2, 2018 at 1:12 AM

My biggest takeaway from this is that ‘We need to be nets, not wrappings’. We do tend to smother loved ones thinking we are protecting them and end up causing them to loose their confidence instead.

#firstgreenstep #MyFriendAlexa

    knightofsteel · September 2, 2018 at 4:41 AM

    Exactly what I meant.overprotectiveness ends up doing more harm than good

Rrohan Kachalia (@rohank01) · September 2, 2018 at 1:16 AM

I always have anxiety issues when put into stressful situations and the way I come out of it is take some deep breaths, walk for a minute or two and have a cup of tea. It relaxes me. But, what you have said is absolutely perfect. We need to be nets not wrappings.

https://www.rohankachalia.com/2018/09/payback-part-1/

    knightofsteel · September 2, 2018 at 4:13 AM

    That is a great way to deal with anxiety! Anxiety disorders are a harder puzzle to crack but not something that cant be fought

talesofsuchita · September 2, 2018 at 1:30 AM

Thank you for this. Myth 1 is something that I keep thinking about as someone close to me has been diagnosed with an anxiety disorder. Since then I have wondered at what my role should be in such a scenario.

    knightofsteel · September 2, 2018 at 4:12 AM

    You’re welcome Suchita. I hope this helps you understand the possibilities with someone who has an anxiety disorder.

Lavanya · September 2, 2018 at 1:34 AM

Arjun, I like your consistent efforts in educating the masses on mental health. Anxiety is probably is most underrated mental health issue of our times. Anxiety can be crippling in terms of productivity or even performing normal daily chores taken in extremes. Good post.

    knightofsteel · September 2, 2018 at 4:08 AM

    Thank you Lavanya! Anxiety disorders are so common and yet hardly understood. Thank you for visiting 🙂

Priya · September 2, 2018 at 2:06 AM

So well written. I liked ‘we need to be net, not wrapping’.

mayuri6 · September 2, 2018 at 2:18 AM

It is sad how misused these terms are, and I am glad you’ve explained them so well. If one does not understand what someone is going through it is better to be a silent supporter than jump to wrong conclusions and make that person feel even worse.

    knightofsteel · September 2, 2018 at 4:00 AM

    Exactly! Saying you feel anxious is okay but saying you have an anxiety disorder without the diagnosis by a professional causes a lot of problems.

anecdotesofmylife · September 2, 2018 at 2:42 AM

I so relate to the net and wrapping metaphors. I suffer from depression and my husband used to care a lot for me otherwise but during the episode he wud be around but wouldn’t overindulge. Good one!! #Myfriendalexa

    knightofsteel · September 2, 2018 at 3:58 AM

    Thank you!
    How are you now? Has this been going on since long?

Nihar Pradhan · September 2, 2018 at 2:43 AM

Anxiety is a disorder but most often it is misconstrued and many times it unknowingly ignored. The consequences are bad and remains for long, it is important be cognizant of the symptoms and signs which you have so nicely articulated.

We get deeply involved in our work and the grind takes a toll out of us. In today’s competitive world there is wide spread stress that we keep going through and don’t build the outlets to release those toxicity. It accumulates and we are trapped in the state of disorder.

Yes compassion is such important aspect of managing the syndrome of anxiety and stress. It is an art to learn how to extend our compassion and being with the person suffering from such disorder and we need to learn it properly otherwise as rightly pointed out instead of being a net to support we end of entangling with the same net with our knotted thoughts.

Shyness and social anxiety is another facet as so aptly described by you difficult to separate unless we understand the finer nuances. Not easy to dissect in simple words. Shyness is natural trait and depends primarily on our nature and influenced by our nurturing but social anxiety catches with us silently and we get conditioned and we find it difficult to break the engulf. Thanks for an insightful thoughts on a very important subject confronting many of us.

#MyFriendAlexa, #MakeupReads

    knightofsteel · September 2, 2018 at 3:55 AM

    This is an amazing summary of the post and informative additionally as well! Thank you so much for this 🙏

Agnivo Niyogi · September 2, 2018 at 2:53 AM

Thanks for this post. Mental health needs more awareness in India. Posts like these can help bust the myths surrounding them.

Varad · September 2, 2018 at 3:28 AM

The lifestyle changes, the speed at which our days go by, the sheer necessity to lead the rat race… no wonder our generation is suffering from a buffet of physical and mental ailments. This was well researched, to the point and easy to read. Good work, Arjun. Keep it up

    knightofsteel · September 2, 2018 at 3:42 AM

    Thank you Varad. The pressures of today surely play a part in the increasing cases of mental health issues.

Sonia Chatterjee · September 2, 2018 at 3:35 AM

Anxiety has become an inseparable part of our existence. Most of the times we don’t even realize how much it has affected us. Informative as always.

    knightofsteel · September 2, 2018 at 3:46 AM

    Thank you Sonia. Anxiety is common, anxiety disorders are actually not that common. The difference between the two is not known to many.

Mann · September 2, 2018 at 3:46 AM

short but informative write-up. Mental disorders need to be dealt not to keep under cover. Family and friends may play an important role.
#mannreads

    knightofsteel · September 2, 2018 at 9:27 AM

    Yes they do. Thank you for dropping by 😊

Deepa · September 2, 2018 at 4:09 AM

This post is helpful for others to understand exactly what a person goes through and not judge them by their behaviour.

    knightofsteel · September 2, 2018 at 9:28 AM

    Yes, it is hard to understand because the people don’t always know how to express themselves as well.

Huma Masood · September 2, 2018 at 4:20 AM

Hi Arjun, I found this article very enlightening.
Indian society avoids discussing mental illness and disorders topics generally. We need to be open to such discussions so that if someone we know is suffering, we are able to help and support.

Maya Bhat · September 2, 2018 at 4:26 AM

And especially in today’s time where people are more into social media world, the situations to face the real world generates anxiety to some extent. Will look forward to read your detailed posts on these aspects.

    knightofsteel · September 2, 2018 at 9:29 AM

    True. The modern circumstances play a role as well. You can go through my past post on this as well.

Nupur · September 2, 2018 at 4:43 AM

Be a net not a wrapping- great line

    knightofsteel · September 2, 2018 at 9:30 AM

    Thank you! 🙂

Rashmi · September 2, 2018 at 4:46 AM

Always appreciate your work Arjun. Extra of anything is not good. Even extra help than required does more harm than help. And of course, we need to understand and support each other in difficult times rather demotivating and lowering the spirit of others.

    knightofsteel · September 2, 2018 at 9:39 AM

    Yes Rashmi and that is easier said than done. We have to be aware of what we are saying as well

TheMomSagas · September 2, 2018 at 5:30 AM

Quite informative. A lot of people don’t know about anxiety and what it can do. Glad you wrote about it in detail.

    knightofsteel · September 2, 2018 at 9:47 AM

    Thank you 🙂

beingamnaa · September 2, 2018 at 5:50 AM

Sharing it ! Informative post

    knightofsteel · September 2, 2018 at 9:50 AM

    Thank you!

Shubhra Rastogi · September 2, 2018 at 6:01 AM

Anxiety myths busted… great post

    knightofsteel · September 2, 2018 at 9:50 AM

    Thank you 🙂

Jheelam · September 2, 2018 at 6:12 AM

“Women and young people are more susceptible to developing a disorder.”- Is there any resource material you suggest that delves into this axiom in a more in-depth manner? I suffer from anxiety but didn’t know it is common for women – as a lot. The article is superb. 🙂

Anisha · September 2, 2018 at 6:21 AM

I have seen so many people going through anxiety issues now a days and that is even affecting their health.. also i totally agree about the glamourised shyness bit

    knightofsteel · September 2, 2018 at 9:55 AM

    Hey, are they seeking help from a psychiatrist for this?

Varsh · September 2, 2018 at 6:26 AM

People suffer with anxiety for various reasons. I guess it becomes a disorder when not attended to for a long time. Treatment and support from family and friends does play a good role in overcoming it.

    knightofsteel · September 2, 2018 at 9:57 AM

    Yes it does. You are right in saying that it becomes a disorder if not treated fir a long time.

Sejal Khanna · September 2, 2018 at 6:55 AM

Very valid. Fortunately people are becoming more and more aware of this thanks to the various mental awareness programs and exposure.

    knightofsteel · September 2, 2018 at 9:58 AM

    Yes it is an encouraging trend and one that gives me a lot of hope for the future.

Dipika Singh · September 2, 2018 at 8:00 AM

Anxiety disorder is most common with today’s lifestyle. I have hypertension, and anxiety is never far away from me, and as you have rightly mentioned above, sugar quoted sweet talk doesn’t help.
#MyFriendAlexa #gleefulreads

    knightofsteel · September 2, 2018 at 10:03 AM

    I’m sorry to hear about that. What do you do when faced with hypertension?

Meenakshi · September 2, 2018 at 8:56 AM

I am glad you are creating awareness between general anxiety and anxiety disorders. It is so misunderstood and misinterpretated.Looking forward to the series of posts!

    knightofsteel · September 2, 2018 at 10:08 AM

    Thank you Meenakshi 🙂

Pooja Kawatra Gupta · September 2, 2018 at 9:00 AM

I totally agree that give the space to anyone to overcome on their own rather than be protective all the time as they will never able to learn.

    knightofsteel · September 2, 2018 at 10:08 AM

    Indeed, being overprotective is ultimately detrimental to their development

ourlittleworld2016 · September 2, 2018 at 9:21 AM

Many people may suffer from anxiety disorders and yet not know what they are suffering from. Thanks for taking this up and doing a series of posts on it.. looking forward to reading more about it.

    knightofsteel · September 2, 2018 at 10:09 AM

    Thank you for dropping by 🙂

Paresh Godhwani · September 2, 2018 at 9:24 AM

I read couple of posts during A to Z as well. There are not many people who write on mental health with such precision. I love the way you use the analogies. In this You have used the song of Eminem. You are right, people have lot of myths about the anxiety disorder. And I have got lot of information like I always thought sweaty palms is normal. Thank you for sharing such valuable information.

    knightofsteel · September 2, 2018 at 10:20 AM

    Thank you so much for the kind words Paresh 🙂 I’m glad to be of help as an informed on this issue

Nayantara Hegde · September 2, 2018 at 9:36 AM

Its so important to raise awareness about this. More people need to understand that it is not something in people’s heads but a real disorder. Also very important how you say we need to be nets not wrappings.

    knightofsteel · September 2, 2018 at 10:20 AM

    Thank you so much! I’m glad you liked the post.

Kadambari Singh · September 2, 2018 at 10:12 AM

hi, this is the first time I came across your blog and I am happy to find it. Thanks for sharing so much information on depression and all. This is very calming read for me.

    knightofsteel · September 2, 2018 at 10:23 AM

    Thank you Kadambari. I’m glad you find this calming☺️

abhiray59 · September 2, 2018 at 10:17 AM

Very erudite and nice post. Yes anxiety is a problem. I can say whenever I am assigned a task I become anxious to complete as fast as I can. I think this is a kind of anxiety disorder. Taking too much pressure on one self. The thought that what others are thinking about me, is also a kind of anxiety. Studies must be done to see if people from certain states of India tend to be more anxiety prone, compared to others who are more carefree. Drugs like Diazepam may be mild anxiolytic. But too much dependence on a CNS depressant may not be good. We must be trained from childhood how to deal with anxiety.

    knightofsteel · September 2, 2018 at 5:14 AM

    I think it is important to differentiate between anxiety and anxiety disorder. Research in India and that too on mental health doesn’t have the funds it needs. This acts as a barrier in today’s time.

    knightofsteel · September 2, 2018 at 5:15 AM

    Thank you for visiting ☺️

Jayanthi Manikandan · September 2, 2018 at 10:18 AM

Well written, Arjun. Sometimes, tiding over all the myths is the hard part…once that is done…we can get started with appropriate ways to handle the problem…

    knightofsteel · September 2, 2018 at 9:41 AM

    Indeed. The myths are so hard to tackle that appropriate handling seems far fetched. We can only tackle them together.

Anagha Yatin · September 2, 2018 at 10:28 AM

Another insightful post from you Arjun!.Thanks for explaining anxiety disorder for a layman like me to understand it.

    knightofsteel · September 2, 2018 at 10:41 AM

    Thank you Anagha. I’m glad you found it helpful 🙂

Medha Nagur · September 2, 2018 at 10:28 AM

Difference between shyness and social phobia shown in subtle way! A very well researched post I must say.

    knightofsteel · September 2, 2018 at 10:44 AM

    Thank you Medha, for sharing your thoughts.

Jhilmil Bhansali · September 2, 2018 at 10:30 AM

Indeed anxiety is something frightening and we need to help out the person suffering from it. #myfriendalexa #mommyinmereads

    knightofsteel · September 2, 2018 at 5:17 AM

    It is indeed. Thank you for dropping by 🙂

relishingrascal · September 2, 2018 at 10:34 AM

an informative post on anxiety, nice to read

    knightofsteel · September 2, 2018 at 10:36 AM

    Thank you 🙂

Deepa · September 2, 2018 at 10:41 AM

A great insight arjun. I am moved by the words, we must be nets and not wrapping from myth 1. Well researched and written. All the best..

    knightofsteel · September 2, 2018 at 10:44 AM

    Thank you Deepa. All the best to you too!

Deepa · September 2, 2018 at 10:44 AM

A great insight to anxiety disorder arjun. I loved the words we must be nets and not wrappings from myth 1. Well researched and written. All the best.

jaya1966 · September 2, 2018 at 10:44 AM

Thanks for explaining the demarcation between social anxiety and shyness. These two are often confused. Look forward to read further on this very important topic. #JaiSReads

    knightofsteel · September 2, 2018 at 5:22 AM

    Thank you! My site is full of posts on mental health. You can peruse it as per your wish.

Vandana Mathur · September 2, 2018 at 10:48 AM

Knees feel weak and arms feel heavy! I have felt like that very often. Then it was diagnosed that I was suffering from fibromyalgia. In this world of cut throat competition, anxiety has become pretty common. Looking forward to reading more about it.
#myfriendalexa #thefoodfundareads

    knightofsteel · September 4, 2018 at 12:18 AM

    Fibromyalgia is very hard to live with. How are you now Vandana?

aparna_097 · September 2, 2018 at 10:50 AM

Thank you for writing this post. Anxiety is something that cannot be expressed in words even by the people suffering from it.

    knightofsteel · September 2, 2018 at 5:24 AM

    That is a major barrier in people suffering with this. Expression is often difficult and misunderstood by the people nearby.

Deepti Menon · September 2, 2018 at 10:51 AM

Arjun, often people assume that anxiety is a myth behind which the affected hide their social and emotional problems. Thank you for this post that tells them otherwise.
#DeepTiesReads #MyFriendAlexa

    knightofsteel · September 2, 2018 at 5:27 AM

    Thank you Deepti. The understanding of these illnesses is not what we want it to be but I am trying to change that with time.

      Deepti Menon · September 7, 2018 at 12:08 PM

      That is laudable, Arjun. May you be able to be the change that you want to be! All the best.

Bikramjit · September 2, 2018 at 11:01 AM

Very nice information, lots of msg

    knightofsteel · September 2, 2018 at 11:04 AM

    Thank you 🙂

Ranjini · September 2, 2018 at 11:19 AM

True, compassion alone wouldn’t be enough. There must be constant support.

    knightofsteel · September 4, 2018 at 12:23 AM

    Yes, compassion and support need to work in tandem instead of only one of them.

vartikasdiary1 · September 2, 2018 at 11:28 AM

Could not agree more with you on “We need to be nets not wrappings”.Every second person has anxiety issues at some or the other stage in life and what matter sis how to deal with it. Please read my post on http://www.vartikasdiary.com #vartikasdiaryreading #myfriendalexa

Varsha Gode · September 2, 2018 at 11:45 AM

Super Useful Post 🙂 I have this Anxiety too and have been through many odd situations. It is very important to speak up and seek help.
vrag.in
#vigorousreads #MyFriendAlexa

    knightofsteel · September 4, 2018 at 12:27 AM

    Thank you Varsha. I hope you are able to manage the anxiety well now. If you need some tips, I am happy to help. 🙂

Neha Sharma · September 2, 2018 at 11:45 AM

I feel nowadays there’s a rise in such mental disorders. Every other person is suffering from stress and anxiety. Still people don’t feel the need to take expert help. This post is really helpful in understanding anxiety disorders, a must read for everyone. Thanks for sharing!

    knightofsteel · September 2, 2018 at 4:55 AM

    Thank you for the kind words Neha. Hopefully this helps other people understand it better as well.

everylittlethinghappiness · September 2, 2018 at 11:50 AM

Really an informative post. I am really thankful for putting up topics like anxiety on the post. There are lot of people out there who wont talk about these mental issues..

    knightofsteel · September 4, 2018 at 12:28 AM

    Thank you! It is true that people arent very willing to talk about these things but the situation is changing in the modern days.

Anshu Bhojnagarwala · September 2, 2018 at 12:09 PM

Everyone in today’s age experiences anxiety disorder of one sort or the other. Our lifestyle, food and stress have greatly contributed to it.

    knightofsteel · September 2, 2018 at 4:48 AM

    I won’t say everyone has an anxiety disorder. People may feel anxious but it doesn’t necessarily have to be a disorder.

msarora · September 2, 2018 at 12:09 PM

People avoid talking about depression in our society and anxiety . This post is helpful to understand about anxiety and how to deal with it.
Ms Arora #msarorasays

    knightofsteel · September 2, 2018 at 9:57 AM

    Thank you for the kind words 🙂

Geethica · September 2, 2018 at 12:11 PM

Anxiety disorder is seriously a taboo in the society more than a problem. Many times we behave like a protective sheet in place of being a net.

    knightofsteel · September 4, 2018 at 12:31 AM

    Indeed. Overprotection is not always good.

Latha · September 2, 2018 at 12:11 PM

Anxiety is so common. It is not a disease… You are just not at ease … Dis … ease

Show care and compassion and it can happen to anyone.

I never thought I would have anxiety… But when it does hit you, it feels like you are stuck, you might have panic attacks, simple things look complicated…

I found the easy way to overcome is to relax, accept the problem, and focus on something else.

At any one point we can only focus on one thing, it’s either the anxiety and mental breakdown or that cup of coffee or reading a book or watching a cartoon…

I also take walks and give myself a break.

Meditation, maintaining a gratitude journal have helped me reduce and now overcome such attacks.

Now I cannot remember the last time I was seized by one.

I consciously chose alternative methods bcos medication has ravaged people I have known.

I know there are many ways to beat this… I also know that anyone can overcome it.

    knightofsteel · September 2, 2018 at 4:45 AM

    I’m glad you found a way to beat it. Anxiety or mild anxiety disorders can be taCkled with mediation or alternative medicine. Although, I must point out that it doesn’t work for everyone.

    ThaNk you for stopping by :=

    knightofsteel · September 2, 2018 at 4:46 AM

    :)*

Surabhi · September 2, 2018 at 12:12 PM

Nicely explained about the most common disorder we see around these days but ignore to accept its existence. Thanks for the write-up. #MyFriendAlexa #SurReads

    knightofsteel · September 2, 2018 at 9:58 AM

    Thank you for dropping by! 🙂

Sejal Khanna · September 2, 2018 at 12:16 PM

Wish more people would become aware of this mental health condition. It will help the sufferers cope a lot better. Great read.

    knightofsteel · September 4, 2018 at 12:31 AM

    Thank you Sejal! 🙂

Leha · September 2, 2018 at 12:26 PM

We often try to help people our way without really looking into what they actually need. Very useful article.

    knightofsteel · September 4, 2018 at 12:32 AM

    Thank you Leha! 🙂

aditi · September 2, 2018 at 12:32 PM

Anxiety disorders are becoming common these days. Work or relationship stress are the main reasons.

    knightofsteel · September 2, 2018 at 4:10 AM

    True. Work and social relationships take up most of our time and are major contributors to our stress these days.

lifewithmypenguin · September 2, 2018 at 12:38 PM

We need to be nets and not wrappings. One of my beliefs regarding this is busted. Many people often feel anxiety but it’s not the anxiety disorder. A very informative post.

    knightofsteel · September 2, 2018 at 9:59 AM

    Thank you and I’m glad you found it informative 🙂

purbajune · September 2, 2018 at 12:40 PM

This is a very informative post. People tend to misunderstand anxiety. So the Myths you mentioned will really help many.

    knightofsteel · September 2, 2018 at 10:00 AM

    Thank you and yes I hope they help someone in need

markmyworld · September 2, 2018 at 12:43 PM

This is a nice post. Thank you for sharing. 🙂
If you have time, let me know what you think of mine – https://www.markmyworld.me/2018/06/13/lets-talk-about-depression/

    knightofsteel · September 2, 2018 at 4:03 AM

    Thank you 🙂 I’ll give yours a read as well in a while.

mummyingainteasy · September 2, 2018 at 12:51 PM

Very informative post & its high time that people coming upfront and discussing about anxieties in detail.

    knightofsteel · September 2, 2018 at 10:02 AM

    Thank you. Yes, that is what I am trying to do as well

JayanthyGovindarajan (@JayanthyG) · September 2, 2018 at 12:54 PM

Most mental illnesses can be treated if they are accepted just like other physical illnesses. Good post on anxiety. I think it is easily related to stress and the never ending list of diseases it will bring up.

    knightofsteel · September 4, 2018 at 12:33 AM

    Accepting them as diseases will surely make the access to doctors easier. This could improve the situation of mental illnesses in the country.

royrashi · September 2, 2018 at 12:54 PM

Wonderful post Arjun, there’s so much to learn about mental health and you explain it so brilliantly. Must read for everyone.

    knightofsteel · September 2, 2018 at 4:02 AM

    Thank you so much Rashi! This means a lot coming from you 😊

Priya · September 2, 2018 at 1:07 PM

Liked ‘we need to be net, not wrapping’. Very well written .
I tried commenting earlier, can’t see it though.

    knightofsteel · September 2, 2018 at 4:02 AM

    Thank you Priya, I received your previous comment as well.

writershilpa · September 2, 2018 at 1:26 PM

I am glad I came across your blog, Arjun. I too write on mental illness and mental health. MY hubby being a bi polar patient and my MIL a schizophrenia patient when she was with us, gave me the kind of experience that actually shook me, but I decided to share it with the world because I felt that there might be someone out there who could find solace in the fact that there are people like them around, fighting the same battles and coming out of it, step by step, with help from doctors and therapists. I know how lonely it can be facing such demons alone and that is why I feel that it is perfectly fine sharing your journey with the world. That is Life, isn’t it? That is the kind of life so many of us live, then why not talk about it and share our stories?

    knightofsteel · September 4, 2018 at 12:36 AM

    Wow, I am so glad to come across another blogger who writes on the same issues. It is really brave on your part to share the stories with everyone. Hope to interact with you more in the future 🙂

      writershilpa · September 4, 2018 at 4:35 AM

      Same here! 👍

Kalpana · September 2, 2018 at 1:33 PM

Interesting! Do you have any statistics to back up your claim that women and young people experience more social anxiety than others?

Sinjana · September 2, 2018 at 1:42 PM

Well explained and well-written. A very well-researched and informative post

    knightofsteel · September 2, 2018 at 3:57 AM

    Thank you! 🙂

Anmol Rawat · September 2, 2018 at 1:43 PM

Apart from being lyrics of Eminem’s song 😀
A good informative post. People should stop being overtly compassionate to us. 😀

Anmol recently posted This lasagna looks exquisite; let me share it on my Instagram!

    knightofsteel · September 2, 2018 at 3:57 AM

    Thank you!😊 Over compassion often ends up taking people who are trying to help down. We need to find the balance to it.

Agnivo Niyogi · September 2, 2018 at 1:54 PM

Thank you for this post. We need more awareness about mental health issues in India. Nice blog 🙂

    knightofsteel · September 2, 2018 at 3:53 AM

    Thank you! I’ve been trying to generate awareness on the same. Let’s keep working to make India a more healthy society. 🙂

Priyanka Naik · September 2, 2018 at 2:06 PM

A pertinent topic in the spectrum of mental health. We all need to discuss mental health more openly. This is a good start. Thanks for sharing.

    knightofsteel · September 2, 2018 at 3:52 AM

    Thank you Priyanka! I’ve been talking about mental health for more than a year and will continue to do so in the future too.

☆Novemberschild☆ (@romspeaks) · September 2, 2018 at 2:14 PM

Anxiety Disorders are characterised by a sense of doubt and vulnerability about future events. The attention of anxious people is focused on their future prospects, and the fear that those future prospects will be bad. Anxiety Disorders are characterised by a variety of symptoms involving anxious thoughts, unexplained physical sensations, and avoidant or self protective behaviours. To be honest I stay away from the word Anxiety.

    knightofsteel · September 2, 2018 at 3:50 AM

    That’s a very informative comment! Why do you stay away from the word though?

whimsicalcompass · September 2, 2018 at 2:17 PM

Thank you for this post. Society needs to be more open when it comes to discussing such topics.
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    knightofsteel · September 2, 2018 at 3:48 AM

    Thank you for visiting! I’ve been writing on this subject for more than a year and trying to generate discussion on it too.

richa · September 2, 2018 at 2:36 PM

true ! anxiety is a frequently used term and people don’t know about it .

    knightofsteel · September 2, 2018 at 3:44 AM

    Exactly! My mom asked me too that is anxiety disorder a disease too? There is actually not much known in the general public about anxiety.

Isha · September 2, 2018 at 4:00 PM

So true. I have seen so many people getting comfortable with anxiety…that is the worst…how should we help them get out of it? Speaking directly doesnt help.

    knightofsteel · September 2, 2018 at 10:38 AM

    The problem is if they’re not willing to get better, there is nothing we can do to help. It is one of the harsh realities of mental illnesses

ritecontent · September 2, 2018 at 4:01 PM

Its good to bring it all out in the open and discuss it openly. People need to have a conversation about it. If we need help. someone should be there to help us.

    knightofsteel · September 2, 2018 at 10:37 AM

    Yes and we should not be afraid of asking for help

Ramya · September 2, 2018 at 5:31 PM

I don’t know much about anxiety disorder. Informative post. i agree about myth 1 – showing more compassion doesnt help.

    knightofsteel · September 4, 2018 at 12:38 AM

    Showing over compassion actually doesnt help. We need to have a balance between protectiveness and support.

Deepali · September 2, 2018 at 8:44 PM

Informative read!
Your first point is an eye opener because mostly we try to soothe through love but it can be dangerous for them.

    knightofsteel · September 4, 2018 at 12:38 AM

    Doing it for too long could be dangerous for them. Striking a balance is the most difficult part of helping someone.

pratikshya2 · September 2, 2018 at 10:27 PM

So true so true. Especially the glamourized shyness part. These myths do the rounds rather than concrete facts. You have touched upon so many important aspects.

    knightofsteel · September 4, 2018 at 12:39 AM

    Thank you so much! I have tried to touch important aspects in other posts too. Hope you can find the time to go through them.

Sushmita Malakar (@sushmitamalakar) · September 2, 2018 at 10:35 PM

I have been suffering from anxiety for a long time now. I am glad you spoke about how people tend to confuse it with an attention seeking tantrum! Good post 🙂

    knightofsteel · September 4, 2018 at 12:40 AM

    Thank you Sushmita. I hope you are able to manage the anxiety now. If you need some tips, I am happy to help.

Iram · September 2, 2018 at 11:43 PM

Problem is people really don’t want to share and discuss such topics. Its a tabboo. Nice to see your blog and people responding to it positively. Good Luck!

    knightofsteel · September 4, 2018 at 12:43 AM

    Thank you! I have been trying my best to get people talking about it. Hopefully, I can have an impact.

Kalpana Manivannan · September 3, 2018 at 1:02 AM

Very informative post. Thanks for sharing.

    knightofsteel · September 4, 2018 at 12:53 AM

    You’re welcome and thank you for visiting!

Disha · September 3, 2018 at 2:21 AM

Anxiety has become such a misunderstood word with many myths associated with it. Glad to know that you are breaking this mindset.

    knightofsteel · September 4, 2018 at 12:53 AM

    Thank you Dishki, I am trying my best.

Mahak · September 3, 2018 at 10:10 AM

This is very informative. How would one know if they have an anxiety disorder?

    knightofsteel · September 4, 2018 at 1:00 AM

    A psychiatrist will be the judge of whetehr a person has a disorder or not. They use standiardised tools like DSM or ICD to make this decision.

Storyteller · September 3, 2018 at 11:48 AM

informative post on Anxiety… Thanks for writing this

    knightofsteel · September 4, 2018 at 1:03 AM

    You’re welcome and thank you for visiting 🙂

momlearningwithbaby · September 3, 2018 at 1:47 PM

Agree with the myths. Social anxiety is often underestimated and misunderstood. Need to be treated and most importantly recognized on time.

    knightofsteel · September 4, 2018 at 1:11 AM

    Indeed. The more people are aware of it, the better they will be able to manage it.

momlearningwithbaby · September 3, 2018 at 1:49 PM

Agree with the myths. Social anxiety is often misunderstood and needs to be identifies and treated on time.
#MyFriendAlexa #momlearningwithbaby

Keerthi Vydyula · September 3, 2018 at 1:58 PM

Reading this post reminded me of the incident that happened recently. Lately I got lucky and manage to escape a fatal accident from then I am having minor panic attacks and recently when i was a family function, there was an instance where i was surrounded by number of unknown people in a very tight space and that made me feel claustrophobic. That feeling of anxiety was making me feel difficult to breathe so I helped myself out of that chaos and stood outside where there was flow of air. It helped me gain my balance and peace back. But everyone could only see one part of it and formed opinion on me. The problem now a days is how people cannot see the difference between things and reach to a conclusion without even knowing the facts and determining what actually happened.

    knightofsteel · September 4, 2018 at 1:17 AM

    I hope you are better now Keerthi. People are quick to form opinions instead of knowing more. This is a bog problem in our society.

      Keerthi Vydyula · September 4, 2018 at 3:52 AM

      Yeah Arjun. I am well now. Back to blogging and reading. Thank you for asking 😊

maddie · September 3, 2018 at 3:49 PM

thank you for this. ❤

    knightofsteel · September 4, 2018 at 1:17 AM

    You’re welcome and thank you for visiting <3

Harley smith · September 3, 2018 at 7:20 PM

Love the post. Will follow for more ❤️

    knightofsteel · September 4, 2018 at 1:18 AM

    Glad to have you here 🙂

Anchal · September 4, 2018 at 12:30 PM

I think this is common these days but many fail to diagnose it. Thank you for sharing about it.

    knightofsteel · September 5, 2018 at 12:43 PM

    Many fail to identify they have an issue and then are scared of visiting a psychiatrist or psychologist.

tamannabavishi · September 4, 2018 at 9:47 PM

Wow, that is really informative. I guess we all have anxiety at some point or the other, it is just that we don’t realise it.

    knightofsteel · September 5, 2018 at 12:40 PM

    Indeed. We feel anxious often but it isn’t necessarily a disorder. It is important to differentiate between the two.

Manpreet · September 4, 2018 at 10:22 PM

Wow! I just discovered your blog through #myfriendalexa

I have been living a life of ignorance. A blog like this is just what I need… sometimes, to understand my abnormal reactions to situations and sometimes, just to ward off the fear of having a weird mental disorder… which I don’t know by name but know runs in the family.

Awesome blog!

    knightofsteel · September 5, 2018 at 12:40 PM

    Thank you Manpreet! Hope you find this informative and can pass on that info to those near you. Great to have you on board 🙂

Tina Basu · September 10, 2018 at 7:48 AM

This is a clinical disorder, though people don’t realize or acknowledge its existence. Loved your post.

enchantingroses97 · September 16, 2018 at 2:26 AM

Loved your post. Ever since I was a little girl I was known to be very shy. I was diagnosed with anxiety when I was 8 having the social anxiety component to it as well. I can be pretty talkative once I open up to someone but by reading your post it makes me wonder if I was never shy at all and it was just social anxiety that goes away once I am comfortable in a situation.
I also have a blog where I post stuff about anxiety and I would love it if you checked me out!

manuptoanxiety · October 11, 2018 at 7:06 AM

Hey, that was a nice read, in my own dealings with anxiety I have found that a lot of people just don’t have a complete grasp on what anxiety and having an anxiety disorder really means, similar to myth 2, in my experiences I’ve found that people tend to see anxiety as nothing more than “being too nervous” and that definitely needs to change. Keep up the good work.

    knightofsteel · October 11, 2018 at 10:28 AM

    Thank you! People have a lot of misconceptions. Some things are considered true when they are not and some are considered lies when they are not. It’s something we need to work on.

ablack18 · November 2, 2018 at 11:27 PM

Thanks for this post. As someone who struggles with anxiety I actually find my biggest struggle is asking too much of myself. I am constantly anxious about not doing enough. In this way unconditional love and support do help, because I realize that other people do notice my efforts. See my other thoughts on anxiety here: http://livingwithlita.com/living-with-anxiety/

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