On Our National Anxiety Epidemic

I recently came across this article in The Atlantic: Trickle-Down Distress: How America’s Broken Meritocracy Drives Our National Anxiety Epidemic. It was written by Maura Kelly and, if you haven’t seen it, it’s good food for thought.

Kelly asserts many startling statistics about anxiety and how pervasive it is in this country. Some scary statistics and assertions that stood out for me are:

1. As a society, we in the United States have more than doubled our spending on anti-anxiety drugs since 1997.

2. “According to the 2002 World Mental Health Survey, people in developing-world countries such as Nigeria are up to five times less likely to show clinically significant anxiety levels than Americans, despite having more basic life-necessities to worry about,” writes Taylor Clark, author of Nerve: Poise Under Pressure, Serenity Under Stress, and the Brave New Science of Fear and Cool.

Kelly also asserts that we women are more than doubly likely to have anxiety disorders and that, “millions of women feel that they are to blame if they cannot manage to rise up the ladder as fast as men and also have a family and an active home life (and be thin and beautiful to boot).”

Well, we already know that, but thanks for spelling it out…

Read the original article:  Trickle-Down Distress: How America’s Broken Meritocracy Drives Our National Anxiety Epidemic

3 thoughts on “On Our National Anxiety Epidemic

  1. The facts are there and are scary.

    We also work more hours than any other generation before. I think it is time to stop and ask ourselves what we want in our lives and how we want to achieve it.

    Our society pushes us to be successful and earn a lot of money. But that doen’t imply we will be happy. Every single one of us should find out what they need to be happy and work to get there, no matter what others say.

    • Good insight, Jonathan. Thanks for joining the conversation. My hope is that people who suffer from anxiety and worry will tap into a new inner peace that helps them enjoy life more, instead of less. Thanks again for leaving a note at Stop Giving It Away.

  2. Another suggestion for dealing with anxiety is making sure you have an extremely comfortable couch. I’ve recently been struggling with over the top anxiety and can’t seem to calm myself enough to rest or go to sleep. I was introduced to a comfy couch at a friend’s house and was instantly at peace. The incredible meal I had just ingested helped as well. I’d suggest a 3 course meal topped off with an excellent dessert. (may I recommend banana bread with vanilla ice cream and caramel corn) Throw in great conversation and you have the recipe for a good night’s sleep and instant anxiety relief!!!

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