By Jenna Waite

The System it affects

Anxiety affects your fight or flight system. The fight or flight will kick in when someone is threatened. The mind or body response is in the nervous system when there is danger so they can protect themselves by either fighting or running away.

What happens during anxiety

Everyone experiences feelings of anxiety like uneasiness, nervousness, worry, and fear, but people with anxiety the feeling lingers. Rapid shallow breathing, pounding heart, tense muscles and sweaty palms linger. There are also specific phobia like snakes, spiders, heights, and flying that will prevent someone from everyday situations.

The Target Population

This year there will be 1 in 10 teenagers that will be diagnosed with an anxiety disorder this year. Anxiety levels are getting higher and higher scientists blame our modern culture, and financial battles and the long process that follows it. Kids with parents that have an anxiety disorder are up to seven times more likely to have the disorder.

The Onset of Anxiety

Anxiety can arise from a traumatic experience that has happened in their lifetime. It also could happen from fear of something happening to them that could go to the extent of not leaving their house. The consent worrying thats in your mind never goes away even when there's little evidence of that fear.


If you start to have symptoms of an anxiety disorder, you're doctor will begin an evaluation and will ask you questions about your medical history and will do a physical exam. There are no lab test's to diagnose you with anxiety, but your doctor will use different kinds of tests to look for the cause of the symptoms.

The Signs and Symptoms

Some of the signs and symptoms of anxiety you could be feeling are:

  • Feelings of panic
  • Fear
  • Uneasiness
  • Problems with sleeping
  • Cold or sweaty hands/ feet
  • Shortness of breath
  • Heart palpitations
  • Not being able to stay calm or still
  • Dry mouth
  • Numbness or tingling in your hands/ feet
  • Nausea
  • Muscle tension
  • And dizziness


There's a form of therapy that's generally very effective called cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), and then for some people medication is very effective. CBT is a treatment or therapy that will focus on the relationships between your thought's, feelings, and behavior.


Anxiety could be managed through medication and therapy but for some people who can't get those things could live with it for their whole life


The connections I have with anxiety is my mother, my sister, my aunt, and my grandmother all have anxiety. I selected this condition because I wanted to find out more about it and what goes through the brain with anxiety.

Different Kinds of Anxiety

Social Anxiety- A overwhelming worry and a self consciousness with everyday situations. That worry focuses on being judged, behaving in a certain way that embarrasses themselves. Or that will lead to mockery.

Panic Disorder- Feeling's of terror that will come on suddenly, and frequently without any warning.

Generalized Anxiety Disorder- An impractical worry/ fear when there is nothing to trigger the anxiety.

Your Brain on Stress and Anxiety