While anthropological analysis exceeds description on the “issues








I have presented the illness narrative for Jasper and her dealings with social
anxiety within her transitions through academic environments. I also touched on
the influential bond extracted from stress regulators, for example, herbal
pills. Towards discussions on converging experiences with her mother and her
ability to communicate within social environments, and have facilitated the
extraction of the story of social anxiety within these contexts of academic
environments that Jasper has encountered for ex. college (SUNY Oswego). Telling
the tale through the use of anthropological analysis exceeds description on the
“issues that produce and maintain distress and suffering” (Whitley, Pg. 504).
Which in Jaspers case enable the production of discourses surrounding the topic
of social anxiety that converge within discussions toward the ability to create
pathways of success, as for Jaspers telling’s provide her own individual
presentation of some potential pathways. Allowing her to become aligned with
aspects of moral agency that provide influence within social situations such as
a mere bus ride to school that has presented the ability to stir up discomfort.
Contributing such in-depth review to my interview in construction for my
illness narrative supplies belief of the monopoly of normalization when it
comes to discussing and classifying disorders and treatment.  So as for the application of anthropological
viewpoint, it is represented throughout and so becomes a catalyst for
advancements in our understanding of social anxiety.     


roles within the construction of the individual experiences associated with
mental health disorders it is, in fact, prescribing to the instances where the
subscription toward the “bio-bio-bio” model has the ability to undermine
individual subjective experiences. Application towards a change in the
direction for increased comprehension of contexts that exceed fixated
biological mindsets. As for the context extracted within my illness narrative
is comparative toward the notion that “anthropologists in the present are
focusing on the role families who can play as facilitators towards recover.” (Whitley,
2014, Pg. 505). The context of social ties and the convergence of experiences
that engaged Jasper to consolidate with her mother in late high school
expresses an underlying tie that would be efficient in servicing her mental
health condition. In communication with the built-up anxiety’s within the home
that Jaspers mother suffered from “normal adult stresses turning into anxiety,
she also had a little bit of depression she needed to get counseling for”
(Jasper). Engaging in conversations of self-help the bonding of situations in
this context facilitated the emergence of the success of pathways towards
becoming functionally successfully with social contexts.

aspects of moral agency are riddled amongst the illness narrative of Jaspers
struggle to cope with social anxiety in educational atmospheres that are linked
to aspects of social interactions. The relevancy of moral agency within the
process of recovery is abstracted in Neely Anne Laurenzo Myers Recovery Stories (2016) that facilitated
the construction of a recovery process that focuses on nourishing moral agency.
In which a self-eroding event emplaces identities of moral agency that
construct the facilities associated with recovery. In which this case Jasper has
distinguished that moral agency becomes emplaced in the “What ifs” of everyday
life. For instance participation in class effectively activates moral agents
that build up the identity in which participation seep into the boundaries of
her social anxiety. Embracing these subjective experiences the notion is surely
withheld that amongst Jaspers situation it is evident that “peer models have
been shown to be successful in providing effective case management.” (2014, Pg.

the home and school from one another Jasper begins to formulate pathways of
accommodation allowing her to fare better within such social atmospheres. For
instance, when Jasper had decided to head to the counseling center and had
succumbed to a positive evaluation it influenced and lead her toward crafting
the counseling center as a part of her sustainable care routine, in which she
can and has received positive benefactors from. Converging within the
subjective experience of a student within the TIME study in which similar
positive regards were extracted from a visit to the counseling center where
“the student was pleased with his care at counseling services and felt the
practitioners were competent and accommodating.” (2011, Pg. 510). Engraving the
positive environments that can be formed within aspects of diversity amongst
college scenarios. Constructions of alternative substance in aspects of
pathways of success are provided within Jaspers subscription to a local in-home
Chinese herbalist that formulated around Jasper describing her feelings and
daily actions, and lead to the “prescription” (Not legal based but more a
recommendation based upon individual knowledge). The prescription in a form of
a pill labeled as being received by the herbalist “from a dude in China”
(Jasper) was described as “an herbal supplement that helps with regulating your
circulation’ (Jasper) and was ingested once a day usually in the morning but
also subject to ingestion at lunch. Continuation of the identification process
of analyzing pathways of success, presented alongside the “prescription” and
digestion twice daily of an alternative supplement identified to me as the
passionflower supplement. Described was its usage as manifesting itself as a
more situationally influenced stress regulator. In which a good day might
constitute the use of only one pill, multiple daily doses might be
involuntarily due to social strains that can influence the severity of Jaspers
social anxiety.

transition follows her on the pathways of becoming informed on the topic and
self-diagnosis of social anxiety. While frequently becoming under the influence
of situations in that she described feeling “a sudden weight in my stomach”
(Jasper) this is when she addressed her situation to analyze individual aspects
of her self-care. Discussions of educational transitions labeled factors of
influence as situations as having social roots linked to the creation of the
anxiety. For example, she explained an overall aurora of heightened anxiety
when it came to participating in class, or when it came to talking with teachers.
As well as labeling a week-long bout of increased social discomfort receiving
help from the Mary Walker Health Center located on the campus of SUNY Oswego
establishing the clarification that “they just talked to me, honestly I feel
like I just needed to understand what’s wrong with me” (Jasper). Similarly, the
Transitions in Medication Experience (TIME) designed as a multidisciplinary
study was run by Eileen P. Anderson-Fye and Jerry Floersch. The study
abstracted the normalization of the bio-medical umbrella and engaged in
research amongst the discourse of mental health within individual students and
their subjective experiences when it comes to their mental health within
college environments. Subscription in addressing that college is rooted within
times of stress and that subsequently pathways of success can be obtained
through such transitions upward from high school. The research conducted in the
study was engraved with the ecocultural theory which designates that “families
seek to make meaningful accommodations to their ecological niches through
sustainable routines of daily living.” (2011, Pg. 506).

anxiety also referred to as Social Anxiety Disorder (SAD) can be defined
amongst the bio-medical community as the fear of being negatively evaluated or
judged when encountered with social interactions, and can result in avoidance.
While in the construction of the illness narratives during my interview with
Jasper she described social anxiety as what it means to her as “something that
is not talked about” prescribing the anonymity towards how she feels.
Throughout the interview, the individual narrative extracted has constructed a
specified case of how it feels and the decisions made to understand the self
within the constructs of a mental health disorder. Exposing the argument when
it comes to discourses on patient views focused more towards the psychological
and social aspects of illness, and the doctor’s view influenced purely by the
psychological models of disease. Jaspers story of her transition through 7th-12th
grade only becoming educated around the mental health condition when
encompassed with individuals with similar circumstances, and when heightened
access to knowledge around the disorder came into play. Establishing throughout
that the anthropological lens as “investigating the context of suffering and
healing, the anthropologist can go beyond mere description.” (Whitley, 2014, Pg.
503). Analyzing her climb up the stairway of educational structures and the
encounters of moral agency that are emplaced on these transitions push her
towards the creation and manipulation of success patterns and strategies that
end up converging with her mother who was held within similar circumstances.



interview I conducted was with a friend who I had known since freshman year. We
decided to have the interview in the basement of my house around 5 pm on
October 16th, a location that felt comfortable for the conversation. We started
the interview and dove into a conversation on the health problem she had been
come accustomed to in this case it was social anxiety. I felt that the
interview was flowing well but in some instances, I would find myself taking a
break to reconfigure how I was going to proceed with asking the next question.
At some points this caused the flow to become choppy but did not affect the
presentation of the information she wanted to get out. I can also say that due
to the fact that we are friends the interview presented itself as more casual
in the sense that I was not worried about wording or phrasing of the questions
and focused on obtaining knowledge form my participant. Overall I believe the
interview was a success on the level it had to be in where I would be able to
form a structured narrative of anxiety through the information provided. As for
this was one of my first interviews learning and adjusting will be ideal for
future success and progression of the skills, and forms related to conducting a
rich interview.