These days article after article can be found speaking to the rise in anxiety diagnosis, from medical journals, to health magazines and blogs, to the Mayo clinic and the NY times. The world we now live in is one of constant connectivity and continual input. Lack of downtime in today’s high tech, high stress world may be driving the current rise in symptoms and diagnosis of anxiety.
According to the Mayo Clinic the causes of anxiety disorders aren’t fully understood. Life experiences such as traumatic events appear to trigger anxiety disorders in people who are already prone to anxiety. “Anxiety culminates in behavioral avoidance, limiting one’s life by closing the door on countless opportunities.” Anxiety is expressed as a future state experienced in the present moment, inducing physiological stress and arousal. Anxiety is fundamentally about predictions of the future. It is also a creature of the verbal mind, of a difficulty or inability to quiet those thoughts.