Is anxiety really a disease?

Wonder: Anxiety--Disease or Personality Flaw?

Find It Out

Wonders are all about sparking curiosity. Is there something you want to learn more about? Is there a question you have about something you've seen? Wonder is all about answering questions. It is my goal to answer this psychology question regarding anxiety using science, social observations, and my own experiences.

Anxiety has been a monster that I have been battling with for over 10 years. More often than not, people have told me to "suck it up" and that anxiety was all in my head. The idea that this terrible monster was imaginary sparked my curiosity, which is why I created this Wonder. By learning the facts, I hope to uncover the mystery behind this "disease" once and for all.

Anxiety is now being known as a "common cold" for emerging adolescents. The second a teenage acts nervous or jumpy, parents automatically jump to the conclusion that their child suffers from an anxiety disorder. This Wonder is all about if anxiety really is a disease, or if it is just a myth used to calm down some overly nervous teenagers.

Its a FACT! Brain Matters!

Anxiety is real! It impacts many parts of the brain, including, but not limited to, the amygdala and the hippocampus. The amygdala is the part of the brain that processes sensory signals and sounds the "fight or flight" response. That means when a person goes through their daily life, the amygdala is the structure that decides whether or not to panic. The hippocampus is also impacted. This structure of the brain takes these designated stressful events and turns them into memories. These memories can them cause negative associations with different people, places, and things. With such evidence, there is enough support to suggest the prevalence of anxiety as a biological condition supported by mental and physical side effects.

Try It Out--Activities to Explore Anxiety

Anxiety is a real disorder! So, what's next?

What to Do Now

All children and adults suffer from anxiety. We are all triggered by certain things, but there is a clear distinction between healthy and unhealthy anxiety. With the right tools, support, and knowledge, you can find where you land on the anxiety spectrum. Those with "healthy" levels of anxiety can use relaxation techniques, creativity, and exercise, while those with "unhealthy" anxiety can seek help from a psychologist or other trusted adult.

About the Author

Hi! My name is Sarah and I am a student at the University of Georgia. I am studying Early Childhood Education with an emphasis on students with Exceptionalities. I absolutely love studying psychology, art, and cultures! In my free time you could probably find me watching Grey's Anatomy on Netflix, playing with my dogs, eating Mexican food, or at a concert!