Sep 252018

By Anastasia

You will often hear mental illness is an illness like any other. Well-wishers say that to try to alleviate the stigma around disorders of the brain to emphasize that sufferers are not just some hopeless ‘crazy people'.

Anxiety victims just have a health issue that can be improved and even cured in many cases with the right treatment.

However, mental illness is indeed quite a unique animal.

Because of the common prejudice, mental disorders are difficult to diagnose. A lot of self-doubt prevents us from identifying the issues and then hinders our coping mechanisms.

Victims are often subjected to ridicule or undermining. They are told they are overreacting, overplaying it, or exaggerating. That there is actually nothing wrong. They just need to… ‘calm down a little bit.'

It is crucial to have strength and a lot of information.


The first step is the diagnosis.

Worrying? What is normal?

There is a difference between being anxious and suffering from anxiety.

Victims of anxiety have multiple worries. Whenever they perceive threat, their thoughts immediately head in the direction of the worst thing that could happen.

Most people convince themselves that worrying about the worst will also prepare them for the worst and rationalize their thinking – they perceive their behaviors and thought process as normal, as healthy and even necessary.

Without it, they would never succeed, or they would be in danger.

What is a normal amount of worrying? How much is too much? Can you identify helpful worries from unhelpful worries?

  • Is the situation objectively threatening?

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