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Title in English Young adults coping with anxiety symptoms without professional help

NELA Wurmová HYTYCH Roman

Year of publication 2015
Type Article in Periodical
Magazine / Source Psychoterapie
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Faculty of Social Studies

Field Psychology
Keywords anxiety disorders; emerging adulthood; help-negation; suppression of emotions; grounded theory
Description Presented study is focused on the process of experiencing and coping with anxiety symptoms in emerging adults not willing to seek professional help. Eight semi-structured interviews were conducted and analyzed using grounded theory. A model was created in which central position is occupied by respondents‘ efforts to suppress the symptoms, to hide them from others and to avoid confrontation with anxiety. The feeling of hopelessness underlies the process. It is present as an initiator of anxiety symptoms, as a part of the symptoms and as a result of unsuccessful attempts to eliminate them. Respondents‘ coping mechanisms of reducing hopelessness are described. The results are useful when eliminating the barriers preventing young adults from getting professional help, in psychotherapy and in future research.
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