September 25th, 2012
Ever feel overwhelmed by worries? Do you find yourself dwelling on concerns big (is my job safe?) and small (that darn clogged sink!)?
It’s official: You’re human and living in the United States. Anxiety levels in this country are the highest they’ve been in seven decades, surveys show.
Not surprisingly, money and work woes top most people’s freak-out lists (thank you, lingering recession). All that e-mailing, texting, and tweeting aren’t helping; social technology has reduced actual face time (a known stress reliever) and made us compulsively available to everyone at all times.
Women suffer most — we’re twice as likely as men to be diagnosed with generalized anxiety disorder, which involves excessive worry about a wide range of things (and requires medical attention).