Car ownership has been hailed as a career-enhancing tool for many people in the past, but for one young woman in her mid-twenties, the journey was all about self-actualization.
“I’m a car enthusiast, but I’m also an obsessive car enthusiast,” says Anna Dey, who lives in New York City.
“So my whole life has been focused on becoming the best version of myself.
When I was younger, I thought I was doing fine in life, and then I met this person who’s doing better than I ever have.
I felt like this person’s my friend, and I’m just so grateful for that.”
Dey’s anxiety disorder has been diagnosed as chronic and debilitating, and she’s struggled to manage her anxiety for years.
She’s also worried about the way she looks in public.
“The way I look in public has always been a big issue,” she says.
“When I walk around, I always feel uncomfortable.
I don’t know how to address it.”
Dez started researching anxiety in the mid-2000s, after her anxiety symptoms started affecting her schoolwork and her work life.
Her anxiety disorder and her fear of heights had become such a part of her life that it led her to enroll in a university program called Anxiety and Related Disorders Program (ARDP).
She began to notice a drastic improvement in her self-confidence and self-esteem.
Dey says she was shocked to find out that ARDP could actually help people with anxiety, even though she’d been struggling with it for years before that.
Dez is one of many in the US who have found that ARTP can be a lifeline to self-help for people suffering from anxiety.
The program was originally founded in 1999 by the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), which has since grown into a national organization that serves as the largest mental health advocacy organization.
In 2013, NAMI launched the ARTP program, which helps individuals with anxiety manage their anxiety through the use of a variety of therapies, from mindfulness to cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), and also provides training for doctors and other healthcare professionals.
In its most recent annual report, NAMI found that more than 40 percent of ARTP participants had completed some type of mental health treatment within the past year.
For Dey and thousands of other ARTP members, the program has become a life-saver for anxiety.
“It’s a huge boost to me to have something that helps me,” she tells Newsweek.
“My anxiety is definitely a major part of my life, but ARTP has made me feel like I’m part of something bigger.”
ARTP’s mission is to promote and encourage self-care and support for individuals with mental health problems, and its programs have helped thousands of individuals.
For its first three years, the organization trained more than 3,500 people with mental illnesses and anxiety disorders.
The first ARTP workshop, which took place in 2015, helped train more than 400 participants in mindfulness and CBT, as well as cognitive behavioral and interpersonal therapy.
But the program hasn’t been without its challenges.
Deed was first diagnosed with anxiety in 2010, and even then, she says she struggled to overcome her anxiety.
For example, she had a hard time remembering what was going on around her, and it took her months to even find out what she needed.
But with the help of the program, she was able to focus on her work.
“Every time I did something, I got a boost in confidence and happiness,” she explains.
“As soon as I finished work, I would feel like it was like I had a new purpose.”
When Dey found out that she had an anxiety disorder, she took part in the ARDP program and got started on the ARPP, a 12-week program that includes support for people with chronic and disabling anxiety disorders who have had to transition from an isolation to a community setting.
ARPP also offers workshops, workshops in isolation, and other support for the individuals with PTSD and other mental health conditions.
While many of the programs offer mental health support to people with disabilities, ARPP has specifically been designed for people who are severely disabled.
“Our goal is to make people who need help feel like they’re the people they need to be,” says Lisa Jenson, ARTP Program Coordinator.
“We want to empower them to help themselves.”
In addition to ARTP, the ARP program has a separate program called Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) Program, which is designed for adults with ASD and is specifically designed to provide support for adults who are at-risk for mental health disorders.
“ARTP has really helped me in a lot of ways,” says Dey.
“They’re very knowledgeable about mental health, and they have trained me in how to