More and more people are talking about the 2020 election during therapy. From anxiety and fear to hopelessness and rage, people are scared…and tired. With just over 30 days until election day and the first presidential debate scheduled for tomorrow (September 28), the cumulative stress is starting to weigh us down. We’ve been dealing with this anxiety for almost six years (if you consider the lead-up into 2016) and, while many are cautiously optimistic for a change in 2021, the division and rancor that has taken hold of our society is like here for quite some time.
Most people equate “mental health” with anxiety and depression. It makes sense seeing that almost 20% of the U.S. adult population in a given year is diagnosed with any type anxiety disorder (https://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/statistics/any-anxiety-disorder.shtml). Statistics also indicate that nearly a third of U.S. adults will experience some type of anxiety disorder in their lifetime – yet only around a third of those people will actually seek treatment (https://adaa.org/about-adaa/press-room/facts-statistics).
But what if some anxiety could actually help us?
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