Speech on Anxiety

Topics: Panic attack, Social anxiety disorder, Anxiety disorder Pages: 2 (492 words) Published: May 1, 2013
Speech to Inform with Visual Aids
Speech 1A Caroline Varela

A.Opening Device: Your hands start to get sweaty, your heart starts to pound and you begin to shake. Even though you studied for weeks for your final exam but still you go blank while you look at the paper in front of you. B.Thesis Statement: Tonight I will inform you about anxiety. Preview of Main Points: By doing so I will explain 1) what Anxiety is, 2) what the symptoms are and 3) how to cope with it.

A.Anxiety is basically our body's natural response to danger. According to Websters Dictionary, anxiety is defined as, “an abnormal and overwhelming sense of apprehension and fear often marked by physiological signs (as sweating, tension, and increased pulse), by doubt concerning the reality and nature of the threat, and by self-doubt about one's capacity to cope with it.” The six most common types of anxiety are generalized anxiety disorder, panic disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, social anxiety disorder, and specific phobias. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, approximately 40 million American adults ages 18 and older have an anxiety disorder.

(Now that I've explained to you what anxiety is let me tell you about the different symptoms there are.)

B.Since there are many different types of anxieties there are many symptoms. The most common symptom is the activation of our flight-or-fight response. There are physical symptoms, pounding heart, sweating, upset stomach, shortness of breath, tremors, muscle tension, headaches, fatigue, insomnia, and frequent bathroom visits. There are also emotional symptoms, feelings of apprehension or dread, trouble concentrating, feeling tense and jumpy, feeling like your mind has gone blank, anticipating the worst, restlessness, irritability, and constantly looking for signs of danger.

(Now since you know the different symptoms, let me...
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