Washi Tape Anxiety

“Leonardo Da Vinci combined art and science and aesthetics and engineering, that kind of unity is needed once again.” Ben Shneiderman

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Last night, after finishing my work day I experienced an intense anxiety and panic. I’m unsure where it came from, I just know that I thought it’d be appropriate to channel it using washi tape. I took out my 48 mini washi tape rolls and opened my current journal and the result in this photograph. I had music playing in the background and right after I finished placing the last piece of tape, a tear shed down my face.  A single tear. I’m not a “cryer”. The last time I vividly recall crying was during the full moon in January 2019. I’ll have to look through my blog and journals to see if I documented crying since – it must have happened! Has it really been over a year since I last cried? I do recall reading somewhere that crying is biologically essential. I wasn’t feeling sad, happy, tired, etc. I felt present.

In a previous study I worked on, we used the Generalized Anxiety Disorder 7-item (GAD-7) scale to detect potential anxiety in subjects (Source). I administered this to hundreds of subjects. Please note that the GAD-7 is not intended to be used as a diagnostic tool. There are a myriad of reasons an individual may be experiencing anxiety outside of pathological abnormalities.  If you have concerns that you may be experiencing anxiety that disrupts your daily life, please consult the appropriate healthcare professional.

Screen Shot 2020-03-04 at 7.41.06 PM I took the GAD-7 last night and here are my results (Refer to the image of the assessment above to see what statement my responses correspond to):

  1. 2 (Over half the days)
  2. 0
  3. 0
  4. 3 (Nearly every day)
  5. 0
  6. 2 (Over half the days)
  7. 2 (Over half the days)

If you checked off any problems, how difficult have these made it for you to do your work, take care of things at home, or get along with other people? Not difficult at all

Total Score: 9

Here are what my particular results could imply (Source):

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The GAD-7 is not the only scale used to assess the presence of anxiety in an individual’s life, here are others (Source):

  1. Brief Fear of Negative Evaluation Scale – BFNE
  2. Depression Anxiety Stress Scales – DASS-21
  3. Generalized Anxiety Disorder Questionnaire- IV – GADQ-IV
  4. Hamilton Anxiety Rating Scale – HARS
  5. Leibowitz Social Anxiety Scale – LSAS
  6. Overall Anxiety Severity and Impairment Scale – OASIS
  7. Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale – HADS
  8. Patient Health Questionnaire 4 – PHQ-4
  9. Penn State Worry Questionnaire – PSWQ
  10. Social Phobia Inventory – SPIN

None of these assessment tools are  intended to be used as a diagnostic tools. As I mentioned before, there are a myriad of reasons an individual may be experiencing anxiety outside of pathological abnormalities. Anxiety is an “umbrella” term that could refer to different diagnoses and/or circumstances.  If you have concerns that you may be experiencing anxiety that disrupts your daily life, please consult the appropriate healthcare professional.