Anxiety And Anxiety Of Anxiety

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Justin Colon-Gerhart Professor Peter Stern Psych 100 Section 50 23 November 2014 Anxiety Title Anxiety has become the most common word uttered in modern medical studies today. What was once an unknown phrase, has evolved into a versatile word used for describing abnormal behavior throughout a multitude of scenarios. A phrase that encompasses some of the most common and “popular” medical disorders in modern society, including but not limited to, social anxiety disorders, panic attacks, generalized anxiety disorder, and a number of phobias. According the Anxiety And Depression Association of America’s official website, “An estimated 40 million American adults suffer from anxiety disorder”. In addition to this, anxiety affects people of all…show more content…
In order to express this difference and gain a clear picture and appreciation for how the topic of anxiety has grown over time, we have to go back and look at the origins or early stages of the subject. What we as a society consider anxiety to be or how exactly we define anxiety has changed tremendously from what it once was. In an article written by Fay Bound, a woman responsible for a multitude of medical publications, stated, “Only in the 17th century did anxiety become a descriptive category for feelings or fearfulness accompanied by the precordial tightness or discomfort” (LANCET). From this quote, it is clear that our knowledge of anxiety is still very young, especially compared to our knowledge of other medical and psychological disorders. Bound continued to present the early ideals behind anxiety, “. . .the term did not define the emotionally distressed individual that it does today. Nor was it as rooted in the mind” Anxiety, with regards to this period that time, was classified more as a physical discomfort and hysteria, rather than the physical and psychological discomfort that we classify it as today. Bound bridges the gap between what anxiety was considered during the 17th century to what it considered now in the 21st century by explaining how anxiety was reformed to be categorized as a mental state, “Psychiatrists produced specific models of
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