I didn’t fully understand what it meant to have anxiety until I came to college and met one of my best friends. For me, anxiety meant being nervous in situations I felt comfortable in. I couldn’t grasp my head around what it felt like, so like most people who don’t understand something I deemed it impossible. Man was I wrong. All I needed to convince me was watching my friend have an anxiety attack. There was a mysterious unsurpassed force that took over my friend as she lost control.
There are many social stigmas towards people with anxiety. As a culture, we view common mental disorders as insignificant health problems that we do not need to invest resources in as far as developing treatment protocols and medicine. However, very recently, aid groups such as The World Health Organization and World Bank have aimed to put mental health on the world agenda. Analysis of new data suggests that “30% of total disability costs are due to mental illness” making the address of this topic not only a health related one but economic as well.
These aid groups focus on a global scale however as this topic becomes more prevalent through these upcoming years, it is important that we address the treatment of these people as a whole. As a society we need to understand that these mental illnesses cannot be solved with “a suck it up” mentality but that with the investment of proper resources, treatment, and education on social stigmas we can reduce its effects.