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Anxiety

  • By: Dawn Wright Williams
  • In: Encyclopedia of Motherhood
  • Edited by: Andrea O'Reilly
  • Subject:Sociology of Gender, Parenting, Maternal Health

Anxiety is a feeling of apprehension that is a normal reaction to everyday life stressors. Feelings of anxiety are generally experienced in momentary instances due to the stress of daily life. When anxiety persists and affects the ability to function adequately in everyday activities, this is considered a sign of an anxiety disorder.

Motherhood is a life experience that is often accompanied by anxiety. Child rearing can create levels of worry, stress, guilt, and feelings of inadequacy, which are all precursors to anxiety.

When mothers venture off into new ways of mothering, there can be levels of guilt, stemming from the pressures to reach perfection. This guilt may be experienced by stay-at-home mothers who may not contribute financially to the household or feel they are not viewed ...

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