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Master of Science (MS)
Human Development and Family Studies
Ryan B. Seedall
Josh R. Novak
Tweets containing the popular hashtag #ThisIsWhatAnxietyFeelsLike were analyzed in this study. Six themes emerged from our phenomenological analysis of relational experiences with anxiety as conveyed by the Twitter users including: (a) deflated self in relation to others and their perceptions; (b) fear, worry and avoidance behaviors that influence relationships; (c) negative emotional responses leading to feeling misunderstood, lonely, and like a failure (self-fulfilling prophecy); (d) social triggers; (e) anxiety management strategies; and (f) things for others to avoid. This paper will highlight how anxiety symptoms affect relationships and interactions with others, and implications for clinical work and future research.
Russo, Raechel B., "#ThisIsWhatAnxietyFeelsLike: Twitter Users’ Narratives About the Interpersonal Effects of Anxiety" (2020). All Graduate Theses and Dissertations. 7780.
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