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But after 9/11, there was something oddly comforting about knowing the rest of the world was as neurotic as me. Granted, I had a leg up on them: For most of my 20s I was haunted by dreams in which I would need to get somewhere but I wouldn’t be able to, because getting to that place required getting on a plane. I was just incredibly, profoundly stuck. But eventually the world got flying again, and years later so did I. Now, after 18 months of the pandemic, I can’t help but notice that the rest of the world seems to be struggling with the kind of anxiety that I was born with. After a brief respite, after a few months of cockeyed optimism, COVID anxiety is back. According to a recent Associated Press and NORC institution poll, 41 percent of respondents said they were “extremely or very worried that they or a member of their family would become infected.” As someone who has struggled for much of my life with health anxiety, I say, “Welcome.”
“People felt like they could relax a little, and then Delta came,” says Lori Gottlieb, author of Maybe You Should Talk to Someone. “I think people are feeling vulnerable with the new strain because they feel like even if they take every precaution, they still could get sick or someone they love could get sick. People who weren’t aware of their mortality have become very aware of it.” What Gottlieb is pointing to is what I see as a newfound awareness of health anxiety. Health anxiety is something we don’t talk about much, but about 10 percent of Americans suffer from anxiety, and about half of those people have health anxiety. Health anxiety is the conviction that even though you don’t have any symptoms, you know deep down that you’re sick.I began to experience this form of anxiety long before the pandemic, when my best friend, Samantha Stein, died of brain cancer right after she turned 40. Her death was confirmation that the worries and preoccupations about bad things that had plagued me for my entire life were in fact going to happen. Samantha’s death was proof that the worst-case scenario was coming for me too; it was only a question of when. I too would die in some terrible, tragic way just like Sam had. Every headache was a brain tumor; every ache was cancer; every rash was something untreatable and fatal.
This inaugurated a period of near-constant testing: I just needed to test and test and test. Maybe I could prevent these things from happening if I were vigilant—very vigilant. Maybe a CAT scan for my head, and then maybe a check of this and that? A mammogram, a colonoscopy, an X-ray. Was that rash a rash or was it inflammatory breast cancer? The internet is not great for health anxiety. But unfortunately for people with anxiety disorders, that drive to “make sure” doesn’t quiet the anxiety. If anything, “reassurance seeking” is the beginning of a miserable cycle. A test would quiet the voices, but sooner or later they would be back again. Just because my lungs were clear a month ago didn’t necessarily mean I was okay now. What was that pain? Anxiety for me really boiled down to the fear of living with uncertainty. I needed to know things were going to be okay; I couldn’t handle not knowing.
Suitable for Women/Men/Girl/Boy, Fashion 3D digital print drawstring hoodies, long sleeve with big pocket front. It’s a good gift for birthday/Christmas and so on, The real color of the item may be slightly different from the pictures shown on website caused by many factors such as brightness of your monitor and light brightness, The print on the item might be slightly different from pictures for different batch productions, There may be 1-2 cm deviation in different sizes, locations, and stretch of fabrics. Size chart is for reference only, there may be a little difference with what you get.
- Material Type: 35% Cotton – 65% Polyester
- Soft material feels great on your skin and very light
- Features pronounced sleeve cuffs, prominent waistband hem and kangaroo pocket fringes
- Taped neck and shoulders for comfort and style
- Print: Dye-sublimation printing, colors won’t fade or peel
- Wash Care: Recommendation Wash it by hand in below 30-degree water, hang to dry in shade, prohibit bleaching, Low Iron if Necessary
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