Most of us experience anxiety to one degree or another, but for many people — about 40 million America adults, in fact — it's about much more than occasionally fretting over life's problems. Those who suffer from anxiety disorders are often unable to stop worrying, or to control their fear of seemingly harmless things like enclosed spaces or casual social interactions. According to Forbes, the American Psychological Association has found that almost twice as many milennials have been diagnosed with an anxiety disorder than Baby Boomers.
Everyone has a theory on why anxiety might be increasing in younger generations. Is it social media? What about climate change? Or could it be the 2016 election cycle? How about all of the above? Olivia Muenter and I, who are both members of Bustle's fashion team — and who both deal with anxiety on a regular basis — have spent the past few months exploring anxiety in the modern age from a few different angles; the topic is multi-faceted and anything but simple. Anxiety is different for everyone. Some experience panic attacks, others feel an urge to delete all their social media accounts in search of mental peace, some, like myself, spend all day on WebMD diagnosing themselves with rare diseases.
One thing seems pretty clear though: Talking about it helps. And hopefully, so does reading about it. Check out Bustle's anxiety package below: