Anxiety is being recognised and talked about more now than ever before. If we’re lucky enough not to have experienced it ourselves, we all know a friend, colleague or family member who openly suffers from feelings of intense anxiety, most of us probably know more than one.
A quarter of young women in the UK have suffered from, or are currently suffering with feelings of anxiety. This makes sense; pressure of life are simply growing. It seems like just getting through life and being happy isn’t enough anymore. We all feel a constant pressure to live up to our ‘potential’, be at the top of our respected industry, while battling against tough economic times, an impossible graduate job market and a social media culture that expects us to constantly share all of our personal successes with the rest of the world. No wonder we’re anxious.
Whatever the reason for it however, a more open and understanding dialogue about mental health is an amazingly positive step forward in our cultural conversation. Through talking about anxiety openly, we can not only understand the illness, but also understand its nuances and the different ways it manifests in different people, to spread the idea that there’s more than just one stereotypical idea of an anxious person.