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All About Anxiety: Is Anxiety A Disability?

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Anxiety is more common than you think and for many people, it has a multidimensional effect in their lives.

Anxiety affects work productivity, interpersonal relationships, academics, and even your finances. Anxiety is a mental health condition that is characterized by apprehension and fear that may limit social interaction as well as the individual’s ability to carry out normal daily activities.

It encompasses different mental health conditions such as obsessive-compulsive disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, and even panic attacks.

A disability is any condition of the body or the mind that makes it difficult for the person affected to carry out their daily activities and interact with the people around them.

The concept of “disability” varies based on region, health policies, and governing laws.

Hence, anxiety is not classified as a disability in all parts of the world. However, anxiety can limit anyone in their work and social life.

What Happens with Anxiety?

Anxiety is characterized by fear, worry, tremors, flushing, panic attacks, sweating, and palpitations. The signs may vary from person to person, but anxiety disorder can be diagnosed by a physician. 

When a person has an anxiety disorder, they worry over the smallest issues. They may worry excessively about their examinations, the clothes they ordered online, or even their cat who messes up its litter.

The fear and worry may manifest physically as the inability to move, sweating, tremors, and fast heart rate. They may hyperventilate and experience a full-blown panic attack. 

With time, chronic anxiety results in a weaker immune system, and these persons become more likely to fall ill.

The age-old superstition that worrying will make you sick is true in this case.

This is because anxiety is linked to other health problems such as depression and hypertension.

Is Anxiety a Rare Condition?

Anxiety is quite common: according to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, anxiety disorders are the most common mental health disorders in the United States of America. A whopping 40 million adults, 18 years old and over are affected by anxiety disorders. 

These figures account for 18.1% of the population and the numbers are expected to rise in the future

According to the World Health Organization, every one person out of thirteen people has anxiety.

In 2018, Our World in Data reported anxiety as the most common mental illness, affecting 284 million people all over the globe. Unfortunately, most countries all over the world do not allocate sufficient funds in the health care budget to provide mental health care for people with anxiety disorders.

Anxiety is not a rare condition: anyone can have it. However, if you are melancholic, in a stress-filled work environment, have childhood trauma, or experienced abuse, you are more likely to have an anxiety disorder. Anxiety can be managed with good medical care and a strong support system, irrespective of the cause.

Workplace Arrangements For Anxiety

Not all regions have established anxiety as a disability; getting employers to understand the struggles of their employees may be a tad difficult. Anxiety, like all mental illnesses, can result in reduced productivity and financial losses for any organization. Despite the drawbacks, employees with anxiety can still contribute positively to the growth of a form whilst maintaining good mental health. 

Employers can create a healthy atmosphere for workers with anxiety: workplace arrangements that reduce fear and encourage employees to seek mental health care. These arrangements include creating schedules with enough breaks, ensuring flexibility of work, and providing mental health care plans for employees. In addition, employers can maintain cordial relationships with their employees and provide a support system for these workers.

How to Live with Anxiety

Living with anxiety requires self-acceptance and willingness to ask for help. Help may be from a mental health professional, friends, and family. Mental health professionals provide therapy and counseling. Your family and friends can help ease your worries and encourage you to seek professional help. 

In addition, finding hobbies might help keep your mind away from your racing thoughts. Mindful meditation and music help calm the mind; exercise may also help you to stop worrying so much. Anxiety is a common mental illness, so do not beat yourself up if you have it. 

Do not live in denial: the problems best solved are the ones we can identify. You can also try deep breathing when you feel tense and practice self-care. Your self-care method could be going to the spa or having a scented bath; just find something that will help you relax. Remember, you are not alone in this. You can have an anxiety disorder and live a normal, happy, and healthy life.

Anxiety as a Disability

Disabilities are limitations of your body and mind that prevent you from doing the things you love to do and interacting with people. Regardless of whether anxiety is a disability in your region or not, remember that you are capable of living a healthy and happy life. Anxiety is crippling on some days, but with the help of mental health professionals and the support of the people who love you, you can do anything you set your mind to. Never forget that.

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Apple’s App Store to face scrutiny in Germany as FCO opens ‘market power’ proceeding

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Germany’s competition authority, the FCO, has completed its Big Tech GAFA ‘bingo’ card by opening a proceeding against Apple.

As with similar investigations already opened this year — into Amazon, Facebook and Google — the proceeding will determine whether or not the iPhone maker meets the threshold of Germany’s updated competition law.

The 10th amendment to the law, which came into force in January, enables the Bundeskartellamt to intervene proactively against the practices of large digital companies — if they are determined to have “paramount significance for competition across markets” and in order to prevent them from engaging in anti-competitive practices.

Discussing the key new provision to the Competition Act (aka, the GWB Digitalisation Act and specifically Section 19a) — in a panel discussion last week, the FCO’s president, Andreas Mundt, explained that the competition law update had been influenced by its experience with a long running (and pioneering) case against Facebook’s superprofiling of Internet users.

The upshot is that German competition law now has a theory of harm which entwines competition law and data protection — albeit, in the case of Apple, its tech empire is typically associated with defence (rather than abuse) of user privacy.

But the comprehensive amendments to German antitrust law are broadly targeted at Big Tech, with the goal of keeping markets open, fostering innovation and putting a stop to any abusive behavior, via provisions the FCO will be able to order — such an banning or restricting self-preferencing and bundling; or stopping giants tying products together to try to muscle into adjacent markets; or preventing them blocking interoperability and data access to try to lock out rivals, to name a few.

A mix of provisions are likely to be deployed, as tech giants are designated as addressable under the law, depending on the specifics of each case and the particular ecosystem business. So how it will operate in practice remains to be seen. So far the FCO is still in the process of determining (in each case) whether it can apply the law against GAFA.

For the Apple proceeding, Mundt said in a statement today that its operation of the App Store will be a “main focus” for the investigation because he said it “enables Apple in many ways to influence the business activities of third parties”.

“We will now examine whether with its proprietary operating system iOS, Apple has created a digital ecosystem around its iPhone that extends across several markets,” he added. “Apple produces tablets, computers and wearables and provides a host of device-related services. In addition to manufacturing various hardware products, the tech company also offers the App Store, iCloud, AppleCare, Apple Music, Apple Arcade, Apple TV+ as well as other services as part of its services business. Besides assessing the company’s position in these areas, we will, among other aspects, examine its extensive integration across several market levels, the magnitude of its technological and financial resources and its access to data.”

The FCO also noted that it has received a number of complaints against Apple “relating to potentially anti-competitive practices” — such as one from the advertising and media industry against Apple restricting user tracking with the introduction of its iOS 14.5 operating system; and a complaint against the exclusive pre-installation of the company’s own applications as a possible type of self-preferencing prohibited under Section 19a GWB.

“App developers also criticise the mandatory use of Apple’s own in-app purchase system (IAP) and the 30% commission rate associated with this,” it added in a press release. “In this context, the marketing restrictions for app developers in Apple’s App Store are also addressed. The latter complaint has much in common with the European Commission’s ongoing proceeding against Apple for imposing restrictions on the streaming service Spotify and accordingly preferencing its own services. Where necessary, the Bundeskartellamt will establish contact with the European Commission and other competition authorities in this regard. So far, no decision on initiating a further proceeding has been taken.”

Apple was contacted for comment on the FCO’s proceeding and it sent us this statement, attributed to a spokesperson:

Apple is proud to be an engine for innovation and job creation, with more than 250,000 jobs supported by the iOS app economy in Germany. The App Store’s economic growth and activity have given German developers of all sizes the same opportunity to share their passion and creativity with users around the world while creating a secure and trusted place for customers to download the apps they love with the privacy protections they expect. Germany is also home to Apple’s largest engineering hub in Europe, and a new €1BN investment in our European Silicon Design Center in Munich. We look forward to discussing our approach with the FCO and having an open dialogue about any of their concerns.”

Once issued by the FCO, a ‘paramount significance’ finding lasts for five years — while any legal challenges to orders made under Section 19a are intentionally expedited, with appeals going direct to Germany’s Federal Court of Justice (which is given exclusive competence). The goal being to avoid long drawn out litigations, as has occurred in the FCO’s case against Facebook’s superprofiling — which had legal questions referred to the CJEU back in March, some five years after the Bundeskartellamt began looking into Facebook’s data practices.

The coming months and years could be highly significant to how GAFA is able to operate in Europe’s largest economy — and, likely by extension, further afield in Europe and beyond as a number of jurisdictions are now paying active attention to how to regulate Big Tech.

Back in March, for example, the UK’s Competition and Markets Authority opened its own probe into Apple’s App Store. Simultaneously it’s working on reforming national law to create a ‘pro-competition’ for regulating tech giants.

While, last December, European Union lawmakers proposed the Digital Markets Act — also aiming to tackle the power market of so-called ‘gatekeeper’ platforms.

The FTC appointing Lina Khan as chair also appears to signify a change of direction on tech antitrust over in the US.

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Porsche to develop battery cells for EV motorsports

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Porsche’s shift to electrification could boost its motorsports output. The German automaker has announced a joint venture to develop and produce battery cells for race cars and a small batch of high-end production vehicles. Porsche will make a high double-digit million euro investment in the “Cellforce” project, Chief Executive Officer Oliver Blume said at a press conference, reports Autoblog

The new cells will be able to charge in less than 15 minutes, which is significantly faster than the 22.5 minutes it takes to charge the Porsche Taycan battery to 80 percent from 5 percent, according to Bloomberg. Porsche previously revealed that it would use a silicon-based anode instead of the customary graphite in a bid to boost power density and reduce the battery’s overall size. The changes should be a good fit for motorsports, where the size and weight of a vehicle and quick refueling is critical to winning races. Porsche made the jump to the electric Formula E championship for the 2019/20 season. 

Like the rest of the automotive industry, the company is going all-in on electrification. Porsche previously said that it expects at least 80 percent of its vehicles sold globally to be partially or fully electric by 2030. To get there, Porsche is spending $15 billion on electric mobility along with digital services. 

Its partner on the battery project is lithium-ion specialist Customcells, whose facilities in Tübingen, South-West Germany are close to Porsche’s headquarters in Stuttgart. Reports, which have been swirling in the German media since last fall, previously indicated that the Tübingen site would serve as the location for the battery production plant. The German government has now virtually made that a certainty by contributing around $71 million to the project in exchange for the factory being located in the south of the country. Porsche said it will own 83.75 percent of Cellforce, compared to Customcells’ 16.25 percent minority stake.

Blume made it clear, however, that the project would not match the scale of Tesla’s Gigafactories. The small-scale plant would produce around 100 megawatt-hours of annual capacity, the CEO said, enough for around 1,000 sports cars per year. The tech developed by the venture will trickle down to Porsche’s high-performance derivatives of existing cars. Though the company played down any large-scale transference at the outset.

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Samsung’s best SSD, the 980 Pro, is $100 for Prime Day

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If you want to add more storage to your console or PC, take a gander at the Samsung 980 Pro. It’s a high-end solid-state drive that’s on sale for Prime Day, with the 500GB variant dropping from $150 to $100. Meanwhile, the 2TB model is down from $430 to $330.

Buy Samsung 980 Pro (500GB) at Amazon – $100

Buy Samsung 980 Pro (2TB) at Amazon – $330

The SSD has PCIe 4 connectivity and an M.2 2280 form factor, so it should fit into laptops as well as desktops. It can reach speeds of up to 6,900 MB/s. The 980 Pro’s nickel coating and heat spreader label should help manage high temperatures.

Once DirectX PC games start supporting the Xbox Series X/S Direct Storage feature, the 980 Pro could be ideal for PC gamers — as long as the rest of your hardware is up to scratch. In the meantime, you could use the SSD as a system drive to get optimal performance for your day-to-day PC use.

Sony has yet to reveal which SSDs will be compatible with the PlayStation 5’s storage upgrade slot (or when it will even activate the slot), but there’s a chance that the 980 Pro will meet the bar. Until then, you’ll be able to pick up an enclosure and use the SSD as external storage for PS5 ox Xbox Series X/S.

Get the latest Amazon Prime Day offers by visiting our deals homepage and following @EngadgetDeals on Twitter.

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Fitbit’s Sense health tracker is just $200 for Prime Day

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If you’ve had your eye on Fitbit’s Sense smartwatch with advanced health tracking, today is the day to get one. Both the Carbon and White models are now available at $200 for Amazon Prime Day, a full $40 less than the best price we’ve seen so far. For perspective, Fitbit launched the Sense back in September 2020 with a price tag of $330, so that’s a discount of nearly 40 percent. 

Buy Fitbit Sense at Amazon – $200

The Sense offers features designed to track your physical health as well as your activities. We gave it a solid score of 82 in our review for tools like an electrodermal activity (EDA) sensor that looks for changes in skin that may be caused by stress. It can also track your body temperature and blood oxygen levels and even detect the start of a menstrual cycle. 

Naturally, it’ll measure your heart rate and warn you if it’s too high or low based on your age and resting heart rate. You can track runs, walks, hikes and bike rides thanks to the built-in GPS, and also see the quality of your sleep. It measures more specialized activities like yoga, golf, martial arts and tennis too, letting you see how much time you spent in the fat-burning zone. 

The only drawbacks are a slightly unintuitive buttonless design and navigation that can be a bit sluggish. Still, it offers just about every health and fitness tracking feature you could want, and the $200 price is lower than competing models from Apple and Samsung. 

Get the latest Amazon Prime Day offers by visiting our deals homepage and following @EngadgetDeals on Twitter.

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