Feeling A Little Anxiety This Week? You’re Not Alone

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Bombings, house-to-house manhunts, explosions, and shootings dominated our news these recent days. Yes, there’s been much to raise anxiety levels. I don’t think I’m alone when I say that my sense of safety feels off. I find myself wondering, “Who could be near me in this crowd?” “If violence occurred right now where could I find safety?”

These are thoughts I have seldom taken into consideration until now.

In the video below, Scott Lennox, LCSW, offers some advice about anxiety from a behavioral medicine perspective. He is a program counselor and clinical liaison for the Behavioral Health Services staff at Baylor All Saints Medical Center.

Q: What is anxiety?

On any given day, according to Lennox, there are more than 6 million Americans experiencing what could be diagnosed as clinical anxiety. It is a broad-spectrum disorder that’s happening in greater and greater numbers. Webster’s Medical Desk Dictionary defines anxiety as “a painful or apprehensive uneasiness of mind usually over an impending or anticipated ill.”

Q: Are people more anxious?

As things change globally, as political environments heat up, and as finances topple, people are more than concerned. “I think there is a mood growing across America,” says Scott. “The pressures on us are greater than ever.”

Q: Are there different types of anxiety?

There are several types of clinical anxiety: panic disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, generalized anxiety disorder and phobias.

Q: How can family or friends help someone overcome anxiety?

Every Baylor outpatient program has a family component because the family component helps support to be more present. Sometimes, it helps initiate conversations after the session that can be very healing for the persons involved.

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Susan Hall
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Susan joined Baylor many years ago when Baylor University Medical Center at Dallas was the only Baylor facility in the area. When not at work, she’s outside – Big Bend National Park is her favorite with Glacier National Park a close second.

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Feeling A Little Anxiety This Week? You’re Not Alone