For the past three months, I've been working in a hospital. Surrounded by countless pump-dispensers of medical-grade hand sanitizer, my consciousness about illness has been raised.
That's one reason that this week's post about anxiety in the New York Times Opinionator spoke to me. Alissa Nutting starts off writing about how her anxiety is triggered in the doctor's office waiting room, where sick and well people are forced to sit together, sharing space and germs.
It doesn't even have to be a waiting room - it could be your workplace, your faith community, your friend's dinner party. In this season when many are battling viruses and infections, it's not hard to find yourself in a room full of sick people. And, for just about anyone, being in a room full of sick people can be anxiety-provoking.
But, what's an appropriate response that helps you manage your anxiety, and what's a sign that your anxiety is managing you?
That brings me to the other reason the piece spoke to me - the description of why Nutting was interested in medication for her anxiety: "I just needed something to take the edge off when I flew on planes, and other high-adrenaline scenarios. Like waiting in line for a bagel."