Anxiety And Anxiety Effects On Society
The essay discusses the history of anxiety and how it shapes how society sees anxiety today, it discusses the problem of anxiety as a public issue, and it discusses the negative and positives causes from anxiety.
For many years humans were threatened by natural disasters, other animals, and not having enough food to survive. These threats caused a feeling of nervousness and worry that we perceive today as stress and anxiety. It has only been since recently that we consider anxiety to be a serious issue and call it a mental illness. Not only did people ignore the problem of anxiety, but women were punished because of the way anxiety made them act. During the Victorian and Early renaissance era women some women were considered crazy for panicking, but this behavior was caused from built up tension from staying inside without a job or a serious life purpose. During the civil war behavior from anxiety started to be taken more seriously, even though the solutions were harmful and only furthered the problem. Opium was used to treat “nerve weakness” during the war, so, the civil war had positive and negative affects …show more content…
You might not think that there are any positive effects on anxiety, but the people who create medicine towards anxiety make money, therapists profit, and any company that sells a product to relieve stress like books, videos, and objects that are used as stress relievers benefit too. Americans spend around 19 billion dollars on antidepressant medication every year, which goes to the pockets of drug companies (http://www.uncommonhelp.me/). Even though there are some benefits, overall a larger part of the population loses rather than wins from the situation. Anxiety costs the United States about forty-two billion dollars a year, which is about one third the cost of all mental illnesses (http://www.adaa.org/). The people of the United states have to pay more for health care because anxiety is becoming so common and so expensive. The onset of anxiety also has the harmful effect of making people in our society try to find quicker ways to solve stress and anxiety, like alcohol and drugs, but these solutions only make the problem worse. All in all more people suffer from the mental illness than benefit and as a society we do not benefit as a