interviewed Rosa Camacho, April 21, 2012, at Peet’s Coffee and Tea in Oak Grove,
California. She informed me of anxiety disorders and the symptoms people face in their
everyday lives because of this mental illness.
Anxiety is a feeling that every individual experiences, it’s like the “butterflies” that you
get on the first day of school because you’re nervous. However those living with anxiety
disorder feel a constant emotion of apprehension at the point to where it dictates their
life. Anxiety disorders are a set of similar conditions instead of a single mental illness;
this is why symptoms vary for each individual. People suffering from anxiety disorders
experience anxiety attacks, which may happen randomly or because of the situation
the person is in. All anxiety disorders share one common symptom: persistent feeling
of dread. Persons feel overwhelmed in situations where most individuals wouldn’t feel
in danger or threat. Those living with this disorder suffer from emotional and physical
symptoms some of which include: restlessness, feelings of apprehension, trouble
concentrating, sweating, heart racing, etc.
There are multiple types of anxiety disorders: obsessive compulsive disorder
(OCD), post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), phobias, etc. Obsessive compulsive
disorder is characterized by unwanted thoughts, rituals, and sudden urges which feel
uncontrollable. Many veterans suffer from another type of anxiety disorder, known as
post-traumatic stress disorder, which is caused by a tragedy such as a death, war, etc.
People with this disorder experience severe anxiety and have flashbacks/nightmares
of the event they experienced. A phobia is a strong fear or dislike and avoidance of
something such as a situation. Many individuals often suffer from more than one anxiety
There have been many debates to what...