How to cope with anxiety | Olivia Remes | TEDxUHasselt



Anxiety is one of most prevalent mental health disorders, with 1 out of 14 people around the world being likely affected. Leading up to conditions such as depression, increased risk for suicide, disability and requirement of high health services, very few people who often need treatment actually receive it. In her talk “How to cope with anxiety”, Olivia Remes of the University of Cambridge will share her vision on anxiety and will unravel ways to treat and manage this health disorder. Arguing that treatments such as psychotherapy and medication exist and often result in poor outcome and high rates of relapses, she will emphasise the importance of harnessing strength in ourselves as we modify our problem-coping mechanisms. Olivia will stress that by allowing ourselves to believe that what happens in life is comprehensive, meaningful, and manageable, one can significantly improve their risk of developing anxiety disorders.

Anxiety is one of most prevalent mental health disorders, with 1 out of 14 people around the world being likely affected. Leading up to conditions such as depression, increased risk for suicide, disability and requirement of high health services, very few people who often need treatment actually receive it. In her talk “How to cope with anxiety”, Olivia Remes of the University of Cambridge will share her vision on anxiety and will unravel ways to treat and manage this health disorder. Arguing that treatments such as psychotherapy and medication exist and often result in poor outcome and high rates of relapses, she will emphasise the importance of harnessing strength in ourselves as we modify our problem-coping mechanisms. At TEDxUHasselt 2017, Olivia will stress that by allowing ourselves to believe that what happens in life is comprehensive, meaningful, and manageable, one can significantly improve their risk of developing anxiety disorders.

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50 comments

  1. I don’t want to have an anxiety disorder I don’t want to be medicated I just want to be normal

  2. My comment would be: her perspective seems from an outsider, a researcher etc not from personal experience: that is the difference : using “you” because she can’t/refuse to truly connect with anxiety instead of “l” when providing personal and relatable examples of anxiety. Too clinical! (And I am a therapist so we need to be in touch with our own feelings and challenges before expecting to relate to other’s experiences).

  3. Overthinking about a task is very exhausting than doing the task…Delay makes it worse and not doing it makes overthinking worse.Thats how coping with anxiety is hard.
    Procrastinating and Anxiety go hand in hand

  4. The various pancreas relatively touch because tennis distinctly boil throughout a squealing valley. momentous, rough columnist

  5. My #1 tip to deal with anxiety is ignoring it. REFUSE to give it power in your life. Say out loud "I am fine" "this is fine". It works for me I have had no serious problems with anxiety for 6 years now.

  6. Anxious ✅
    Depressed ✅
    School drop out? ✅

    Well thanks for helping me avoid those next thoughts 🙂 I thought I was a-okay

  7. Why it sound just like another self development and motivational speech ? I realised the it is really our duty to safe our life. I was expect there is a special service treatment she would reveal. But there is not. The magic of the TedX, Anything has a speech solving .

  8. This is my problem- I don’t feel I have a purpose. I am retired and just hanging out everyday. My dogs are the only ones who rely on me and when I’m anxious and depressed they get scared, which makes me feel guilty. I have tried to get help. Therapists are hard to find that take a certain insurance or have openings. I went to the er this week out of desperation. They told me to find a therapist and took my blood pressure. They say mental health care is important, but it doesn’t seem like it where I live. This was a good Ted Talk. I’ll keep trying.

  9. Dear all… I want to share my experience… I overcome my anxiety and depression through
    1 Acceptance 2 hope(you can say instead believe on Allah and yourself… remember their is solutions of everything you just need to find it) 3 working on problems (come out if comfort zone…start finding solutions…finding solutions of everything which is making you depressed)… Please inbox if you need further guidance…I just want to do it as sadqa

  10. The feeling in the stomach that won’t leave is awful and when my legs shake and my hands won’t stop moving because of how bad it gets I genuinely feel broken.

  11. I dont know what I have. There is a feeling of fear and panic. I can't sleep. It's what led me to this video. I need help😔

  12. Another rich Caucasian from a prestigious university pretending to 'study' mental health and caring too! I have worked in the fields for real, with real people, for over a decade, only to learn the endless depth of intolerance. Most patients with anxiety have been abused, come from abusive households, have never experienced a balanced life. Many also are from minorities who are consistently excluded, rejected from work, prestigious universities, miss opportunities because of discrimination.. And yet, another young, inexperienced rich caucasian coming out from a university such as Cambridge thinks she knows anything about it. I have worked with clinical patients for over a decade, doctors see them as an 'interesting case' to work on. Most do not even know how to address people with respect without being condescendent! I now study neuroscience at prestigious university myself… I am a minority and working class… You can imagine… Not to mention that at my university too ALL women hired pretty much look like her too, with long brown sometimes red hair, slender, white, and from middle/upper class background with zero experience in the clinical sector.

  13. I asked God to tell me what to do. I pulled up youtube, typed in "watch this when you have anxiety" and I came to this video. Probably the most helpful one I've ever watched and I've watched a trillion of them. Olivia Remes is an angel.

  14. Anxious people avoid making mistakes, embarrassments..and seeks perfection. Thats where you go wrong. You can't please everyone ✊🏿♥️

  15. I just like you have ADHD and Anexiety Disorder and i love you and you courages to talk about this

  16. Unfortunately, my skills are not so very high, so I could not understand everything.But you are an uncredibe appearance. Thanks for your lecture.

  17. When a psychiatrist hands someone a anxiety diagnosis he's indirectly saying that he's able to measure that this person is more nervous than this person which is nonsense.

  18. Yarachi tamil therijavaga intha video pathutu irukigala?😞panic attack vanthu romba kasta patutu iruken thaniya😖😖

  19. It's like she knew people would come to watch this when they feel anxious so she sleeps slowly

  20. Okay I genuinely need someone's opinion on this:
    I don't have physical pains (like stomach ache or nauseousness) when I am feeling anxious. I just feel like I will mess everything up and before an event especially. Like I would be visiting someone and the whole time feel like crying. My heart beats really fast during this time and idk how to calm down. Can someone please tell me if this is anxiety? If yes then what can I do to prevent this

  21. This is the 2017 version.
    We can assume that the 2018 version of this talk (also on YouTube) isn't as bad.

  22. All of you are not alone! I struggle with anxiety and it seems never ending. I gets to the point where I am hurting physically, my stomach aches, I often can’t eat, and I want to be at peace. All of us need to understand that it’s all in our head and nobody is perfect. Im not great at advice but if you’re reading this, you are not alone and we will all soon have times where anxiety is the furthest thing from our minds. God bless you all!!

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