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Anxiety is Killing Us

Fe791c82eeef2ce8b80bcca24c0d9750?s=47 Illiya Vjestica
April 10, 2014

Anxiety is Killing Us

I designed this presentation to raise awareness on anxiety and depression, including other mental health issues.

We are facing a global crisis on mental health and people aren't talking about it nearly enough. Employers also aren't aware of the many stresses that modern life places on some of their staff.

They need to take mental health more seriously in the workplace.

This presentation is dedicated to JewWario, Justin Carmical who committed suicide only recently. He was suffering from depression.


Illiya Vjestica

April 10, 2014


  1. ANXIETY Is killing us Illiya Vjestica

  2. THE WORLD IS Broken And we need to FIX it

  3. “Few people today would dispute that chronic stress is a

    hallmark of our times or that anxiety has become a kind of cultural condition of modernity.” S C OT T S T O S S E L
  4. 1 in 7 People   Suffer from some kind of

    anxiety disorder
  5. British Adults   1 in 4 Experience at least one

    diagnosable mental health problem in any one year
  6. 430,000,000 Approx. People worldwide have a mental health problem

  7. 40,000,000 Americans suffer from anxiety disorders

  8. 3,000,000 Suffer with Anxiety (UK)

  9. 6,000,000 Suffer with depression (UK)

  10. None
  11. An Anxiety disorder   is a Serious Mental Illness

  12. People suffering with anxiety disorders, find worry & fear are

    constant & overwhelming, it can be crippling to their life.
  13. TYPES OF Anxiety  

  14. Anxiety   SOCIAL   Persistent fear about social situations &

    being around people. One of the most common anxiety disorders. disorder  
  15. Anxiety   GENERAL   A long-term condition that causes you

    to feel anxious about a wide range of situations and issues, rather than one specific event. disorder  
  16. Disorder (OCD)   OBSESSIVE- COMPULSIVE   Is a mental health

    condition where a person has obsessive thoughts & compulsive behaviour such as washing their hands often.
  17. Stress   POST-TRAMATIC   disorder   It can develop immediately

    after someone experiences a disturbing event or it can occur weeks, months or even years later.
  18. OTHER TYPES Of Anxiety   Specific Phobias Panic Disorder

  19. Anxiety & Depression usually go hand in hand, one is

    never far behind the other.
  20. 35%-85% Between   of all patients diagnosed with one condition

    show symptoms of the other.
  21. The World we live in is Very Loud  

  22. We are working longer hours and subjected to more daily

    stresses then ever before.
  23. Fewer people have time to relax. We’re always connected.

  24. Kids spend more time in front of the TV &

    Video Games Consoles Than ever before.
  25. Children in the United States watch an average of three

    to four hours of television a day. By the time of high school graduation, they will have spent more time watching television than they have in the classroom American Academy of Child Adolescent Psychiatry
  26. The media loves to vilify video games but they can

    be a great stress reliever used in moderation
  27. Lack of Family Values Dinner table disappearing TV Dinners

  28. Poor Diet & Lack of Exercise Obesity Rates rising  

  29. 34% USA   30% Mexico   27% New Zealand  

    Australia   25% UK   25% GLOBAL OBESITY RATES   Source: OECD   Organisation for Economic Co-operation & Development
  30. Local community is dying, it’s moved online (a false existence)

  31. In the early stages of our human development Life was

    more simple…  
  32. Designed for   Three Basic Instincts To Hunt To Eat

    To Procreate
  33. We use to cover Great distances  

  34. now we prefer the couch

  35. We weren’t really designed to Sort Out Bills File Paperwork

    Update Facebook Get the Shopping
  36. The problem is we’re not out hunting wild beasts anymore…

    DOMINATE SPECIES ON EARTH. we’ve evolved into the
  37. “The lizard brain will fight (to the death) if it

    has to, but would rather run away. It likes a vendetta and has no trouble getting angry. The lizard brain cares what everyone else thinks, because status in the tribe is essential to its survival.” S E T H G O D I N
  38. “You have a genius inside of you, a daemon with

    something to share with the world. Everyone does. Are you going to continue hiding it, holding it back, and settling for less than you deserve just because your lizard brain is a afraid?” S E T H G O D I N
  39. It’s our left overs from evolution: the ‘lizard’ brain.


    & Anxiety  
  41. My fear is in my mind, worries add to a

    constant black cloud that hangs over me.
  42. I cannot let my fear control me, though those thoughts

    may seem as real as the day, they serve only to Destroy.
  43. For fear has a habit of showing up at uninvited

    times, when I’m tired, bored or stressed; those are the times the mind Wanders.
  44. Fear is hate itself used to control, coerce, persuade, frighten

    or repress.
  45. But fear is a natural reaction designed to allow us

    to survive.
  46. For fear is the evil that stirs inside all of

    us. Too much of it and we can only live but half a life, longing for better experiences.
  47. The “what ifs” cannot be controlled & worrying about it

    does not make a difference. Do not dwell on what you cannot comprehend.
  48. For it is a pointless Pursuit

  49. that life brings you & truly live without fear. Learn

    to Embrace the possibilities
  50. We need to re-address the balance in our lives.

  51. PEOPLE HAVE TOO MUCH TO DO, Too Much pressure  

  52. no longer fits people’s 9-5 WORK HOURS state of mind

  53. The solution is to help people who are struggling to

    cope with the pressures of the world.
  54. Not CREATE More stress  

  55. Technology isn’t helping. It is accelerating the problem.


  57. Social Media has to Global Communication  but.. Removed barriers  

  58. This has meant people live out their lives through a

    ‘digital’ persona
  59. HOW Kick Anxiety’s ass! DO WE

  60. 1. Exercise  

  61. 2. Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT)

  62. TEACHES YOU techniques to effectively deal with any situation of

    anxiety, panic or stress & adapt your own thinking patterns. CBT
  63. Learning to be mindful 3.

  64. BEST APP I’VE EVER BOUGHT Mindfulness Available on App Store

    & Google Play  
  65. You  can  also  visit  Mindful.org  

  66. Practicing Mediation (ZAIZEN) 坐禅

  67. 4. Raising awareness on the issue

  68. By talking about it more & understanding we are facing

    an anxiety ‘pandemic’
  69. 5. Switch off from technology

  70. 6. More flexible working hours


  72. we live in together   CHANGE THE WORLD

  73. This presentation is dedicated to JewWario a video game YouTuber

    that I greatly admired  
  74. Who sadly, took his own life. He was suffering with

  75. JewWario Justin Carmical   1971-2014  

  76. Charities you can support to help improve   Mental Health

  77. None
  78. Photo Credits Thank you to the following:   Slide 19:

    Satish Krishnamurty- https://www.flickr.com/photos/unlistedsightings Slide 10: Lulu Hoeller - https://www.flickr.com/photos/toaireisdivine Slide 22: Bark - https://www.flickr.com/photos/barkbud Intro Slide: Craig Sunter - https://www.flickr.com/photos/16210667@N02 Slide 69: Mike McCune https://www.flickr.com/photos/mccun934
  79. References & Sources Stats and data from:   Slide 7:

    40,000,000 Americans suffer from anxiety disorders – National Institute of Mental Health http://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/topics/anxiety-disorders/index.shtml Slides 5, 8-9: Mental Health Foundation http://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/help-information/mental-health- statistics/ Slide 10: Stat from (World Health Organisation, 2001) Slide 1: The Culture and Costs of Anxiety http://www.brainpickings.org/index.php/2014/01/08/my-age-of- anxiety-stossel/ The  Culture  and  Costs  of  Anxiety   Slides 14-18: National Health Service UK http://www.nhs.uk/conditions/anxiety/pages/introduction.aspx
  80. References & Sources Stats and data from:   Slide 20:

    Between 35 Percent and 85 Percent of all patients diagnosed with one condition show symptoms of the other [source: Seltzer] http://health.howstuffworks.com/mental-health/depression/ questions/depression-and-anxiety-related.htm The  Culture  and  Costs  of  Anxiety   Slide 4: Depression Facts - http://www.whitecloudfoundation.org/depression-facts
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  82. Follow me on Twitter @illiyav  

  83. Thank You for listening