Anxiety is being called the disease of the 21st century. Everybody seems to be either afflicted - or knows someone who is. According to the World Health Organization, disorders related to “dread” are the most prevalent mental illness on the globe at the moment.
Some of us shriek at spiders, others have panic attacks that flare up out of nowhere and mimic the symptoms of heart failure. Still others worry excessively about everything and nothing – violent crime, cancer, terrorism, black bears, tornadoes. For some, that anxiety is just a mild unease; for others, it’s a paralyzing fear.
Is anxiety a disease of modernity, or is our highly competitive and material culture itself undermining our nerves? THE AGE OF ANXIETY examines this phenomenon, and how anxiety is being re-defined by the medical community and the pharmaceutical industry.