I have heard many times from people that anxiety is a ‘modern’ illness, but I disagree. Anxiety has been around forever, but today it is talked about more (still not enough in my opinion), and more of us are aware of it, hence people thinking it is a new modern illness.
American journalist Daniel Smith points out in Monkey Mind, that Victorian novels are replete with characters – particularly women characters – who exhibit what we might recognise now as some of the symptoms of anxiety disorders, from fainting to hysteria: manifestations of inner turmoil that would, in real life, have had the phrenologists running to examine their heads, and the hydropathists rushing to welcome them to their new-fangled spas (cold-water remedies were particularly popular when it came to treating what our ancestors regarded as a form of madness).
The best description I have heard is that of Franz Kafka, who described his own paralysing anxiety as “the feeling of having in the middle of my body a ball of wool that quickly winds itself up, its innumerable threads pulling from the surface of my body to itself”
Thanks to improving diagnosis and official statistics, moreover, we can see just how common it is. Last month, a survey by the Office of National Statistics revealed that levels of anxiety in Britain had dropped by almost 1%. However, this was hardly good news: 20.9% of people still rate their anxiety levels at 6 or more out of 10, while the general consensus among psychiatrists is that between 10% and 30% of the population is likely to suffer from an anxiety disorder at any one time. The Guardian.
I see many clients with anxiety and have found using The Human Toolbox™ therapy helps them gain an understanding of their anxiety, and gives them to tools to deal with it. These tools are something we all have within us, we just need help in learning how to use them.
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