Sunday, March 10, 2013

It's Nice to Know (Anxiety in the Media)

When the reality show "Married to Jonas" debuted last fall, I was expecting to casually watch it, enjoying a glimpse into the life of the Jonas Brothers, but, to my genuine surprise, I was most interested in Danielle Jonas's openness and honesty about her problem with anxiety.

The type of anxiety Danielle lives with (as she describes in the clip below) is not your average run-of-the-mill worrying which all people encounter now and again. Instead, it is a condition in which your body "over responds" to situations, whether or not there is a reason to be anxious.

People in the media are often open about the challenges they have experienced, but rarely do they speak about this sort of anxiety. As someone who has faced similar circumstances, it is oddly thrilling to find it talked about on tv.

The audience Danielle speaks to has a lot to gain from her experience. I'm making an assumption that most viewers are young adults ranging from teens to early-30-somethings.* Whether or not this is true, it still a group that often deals with anxiety issues, but rarely have an open opportunity to talk about it on such a large and accessible scale. However, I think it's time for the conversation to begin.

Seeing anxiety talked about in the media has since inspired me to be more open about my personal experiences in hopes of helping others facing it now (the November 2012 issue of Glamour talks of other celebs like Emma Stone and Olivia Munn opening up about their anxiety issues). I am also taking a more proactive role in understanding what is it I feel and why, instead of ignoring it and pretending it doesn't exist. Seeing someone live life in spite of personal hardship inspires me to do the same.

*Warning: Assumptions are sometimes wrong

Follow the link and scroll down to find the video, then go to the 6:30 mark: