Anxiety in the United States
If you’re like most people, chances are you have a hard time not worrying, at least some of the time. Whether you’re preoccupied with small stuff or you can’t shake the sensation that you’ve left the stove on or the door unlocked when you leave the house, worrying comes in all shapes and sizes. But when it comes to being anxious about things in life, there’s a difference between having a bit of a worrywart streak to having full blown anxiety, potentially requiring prescription drugs. Even if you’re not a worrier yourself, chances are you have a friend, family member, or even coworker who struggles with heightened levels of anxiousness – in fact, the US has the highest proportion of chronically anxious people out of any other nation in the world. Despite the fact that, statistically, life in the US should be generally “easier” than life in a majority of other nations, we still worry in much higher numbers than nations whose lives are statistically more difficult. Anxiety can be difficult to recognize, tricky to diagnose, and hard to come to terms with. But despite this, once it’s been diagnosed, anxiety is one of the easiest mental disorders to treat. So why do so many people in the US still suffer from anxiety? The following infographic takes a look at our anxiety epidemic, as well as what treatment can look like.
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