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Anxiety in United States

25 August 2014 By In Blogs

 According to the recent studies, the United States of America (U.S.) has transformed into a county of mentally disturbed people caused by anxiety. Anxiety has become very common among many U.S. dwellers including college students who spend most of their time thinking about their future careers instead on concentrating on their studies. The U.S. has become the most anxious nation in the world with more than 18 percent of adults suffering from anxiety disorders as stated in the National Institute of Mental Health. Researchers have tried to investigate the main cause of high anxiety rates among U.S. citizens and one of the causes revealed was the fact that people have become more individualistic and socially isolated as a society (Clark).

Clark argued that developing countries like Nigeria have fewer cases of anxiety disorders compared to developed countries like U.S. The main reason being that developed countries concentrate more on technology, hence, they spend most of their time with machines as opposed to people from developing countries are very social with one another. Lack of human contact has lead to increased dissatisfaction and psychological problems facing U.S. people. I totally agree with Clark her reasons why people are becoming more anxious. Psychologists claim that human contact play a major role in eliminating anxiety because a person who isolates himself from the community has fewer people to relate with, and ends up lacking social support that helps alleviate anxiety (Clark).

On the other hand, a study by Twenge, Gentile, DeWall & Ma revealed that American high school and college students also suffer from anxiety disorders. The results from the study revealed that more students suffer from anxious disorders and the nation may demand more mental health services in the future if the problem is not mitigated (Twenge et al 152). The issues highlighted by Clark are similar to those discussed by Twenge and his group. Other causes of anxiety not mentioned in the two papers include pressure in work places and insecurity especially with the high cases of terror attacks and people abduction.












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