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Anxiety: The Excess of the Future in the Instability of the Present

Amid the fluidity of the 21st century, the new evil of the century grows under anonymous eyes in social networks and everyday life.

Written By: Fernando Cafe

Fear. Affliction. Anguish. Uncertainty. With the advent of new technologies, new forms of employment, and the expansion of social demands, anxiety is established as a silent pandemic that impacts the lives of several people. However, understanding its causes and the current scenario is essential so this problem remains manageable.

Initially, it should be noted that anxiety is, psychologically, a natural phenomenon of our body adapting to situations of danger and future expectations. However, its excess, provided by contemporary speed, and its controversial diagnosis can arise as an escape valve for depression and suicide. In the United States, for example, Generalized Anxiety Disorder, according to the Anxiety & Depression Association of America, affects 3.1% of the population, and only 43.2% receive treatment. Even in one of the most developed countries in the world, data shows how this phenomenon is still neglected in terms of treatment and assistance measures.

On the other hand, stress factors combined with the lack of dialogue about this problem cause other reasons to exacerbate the sad reality of anxiety in society. This can be explained by the Brazilian psychiatrist Augusto Cury, author of several books in the area. He states that expressing their feelings and organizing their time are still neglected. However, they are essential in “combating frames” of psychological instability.

With the evolution of new technologies and the speed with which they transform social relations, it is noticeable that anxiety will continue to reach more people if social, dialogical, and health measures aren’t adopted concretely. After all, if we get stuck in the future, we stop living in the present.

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