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Age of (Even More) Anxiety

To Worry Is Human; to Carry On, Divine

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Katz says the most important thing is the serenity prayer: a focus on finding the strength to do what one can and on finding the serenity to let go of the things one cannot do.

"Anxiety is all about the feeling that something is going to happen -- when is the next shoe going to drop," he says. "Remind yourself that you are an empowered, capable individual."

The good news is that coping with anxiety makes us better people.

"These are difficult times," Mennin says. "People should recognize that life is tough but not become immobilized. We are built to withstand a lot of worry and pressure. It will make us stronger. Anxiety is around for a reason. If we didn't have it we would be in trouble. It is a signal, but it is just a signal, not an illness. Anxiety disorders happen when people respond poorly to that signal."

Published Oct. 16, 2002.

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