Alice Park's Time Magazine Article, The Two Faces of Anxiety

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Alice Park’s article in TIME Magazine, entitled “The Two Faces of Anxiety”, outlines the key positive and negative effects anxiety can have on both the individual and humanity as a whole. Because of the steady increase in diagnoses of Generalized Anxiety Disorder and similar mental illnesses, evaluating the origins of anxiety as well as its effects are crucial steps for developing both medical treatments and alternative methods of coping with the disorder. While many of the 40 million American adults suffering from anxiety believe that eliminating the feeling altogether is ideal, they fail to consider what psychologists have mounds of empirical evidence in support of: anxiety is not inherently adverse, and can, in many cases, be…show more content…
Knowing that I had an immediate and almost fool-proof escape from the negative feelings at all times made it extraordinarily tempting to utilize the resource. Before long, I found myself craving the Valium at the slightest sign of ordinary stress. I lost the ability to distinguish between what was “normal” anxiety that everyone experienced, and what was severe. At this point, I was beginning to notice evidence of the beginnings of psychological addiction, so I resolved to change the way I approached alleviating my anxiety. It was excruciating at first, since I had become so accustomed to the “quick fix” of swallowing a pill, but by using the methods described in the article, I eventually found relief. The author mentions on page 65 a technique in which the person suffering from anxiety learns through habituation that stressful events usually do not cause severely negative outcomes. I took a similar approach in the hopes of developing coping skills of my own. When I began to experience intense feelings of panic, I reminded myself repeatedly that the situation, whether it was a presentation in class, fear that I would fail a test, or general anxiety that confined me to my own house or room, was temporary and that no seriously negative result would ensue. In contrast, I have a cousin with anxiety who has become totally dependent on benzodiazepines for relief and refuses to even give other methods of treatment a chance. The author mentions the point that anxiety

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