The Truth Behind ‘Rising’ Anxiety Levels

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Anxiety disorders such as Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (also known as “OCD”), generalized anxiety disorder (GAD), and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) are being seen in more and more people in Western societies.

These mental health conditions can severely impact the quality of someone’s life. This is more likely to be the case when an anxiety disorder remains untreated or un-diagnosed by a mental health professional.

When an anxiety disorder (or other mental health condition) is not understood, the person affected by it may be more likely to feel isolated, ashamed or confused.

People who suffer from un-diagnosed anxiety can have trouble in their social life as well as in their work life. If they do not know they have a treatable condition, they can have a difficult time explaining frequent absences and understanding the cause of their poor health (highly anxious people often have headaches or stomachaches, among other physical complaints).

An article for the UK publication The Guardian¬†describes how headlines about anxiety can be misleading. The writer explains the numbers behind the headlines and also takes note of how “anxiety disorders” are defined in some of the studies that make news (you may be surprised!).

There is also a discussion in the article about what is contributing to this “new age of anxiety,” as the writer calls it. Among other factors are worries about the economy and workplace stress.

The article, which is very informative and well-written, can be found at the link below:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2013/jul/29/heed-age-of-anxiety-stress-exhaustion

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