Anxiety can cause such distress that it interferes with your ability to lead a normal life. This type of disorder is a serious mental illness. For people who have one, worry and fear are constant and overwhelming, and can be disabling.
Even Hippocrates in the in the fourth century BCE wrote about these disorders. Also, Søren Kierkegaard in the 1860s and Sigmund Freud in 1926.
These disorders are more popular than ever. Pharmaceutical drugs tend to be the classic treatment for treating anxiety. On the other hand, we all know that Pharmaceutical companies are more interested in profits than actually helping people.
Then you have the Cognitive therapy such as meditation, yoga, massage and music.
Music is on the list because neuroscientists in the U.K. have zeroed in on a single song that results in a dramatic 65 percent reduction in overall anxiety.
Anxiety & Generation Y
Over 57 % of American female university students reported episodes of “overwhelming anxiety.”
Another study in the UK showed that one third of women and one in ten young men suffer from anxiety.
Marjorie Wallace, CEO of the charity Sane says that the so called generation Y (those who are born in the 1980s and 1990s) belong in the age of desperation.
Writes Rachael Dove in Anxiety: the epidemic sweeping through Generation Y:
So, what’s going on? The rise of technology, overly-protective parenting and ‘exam-factory’ schooling are among the reasons psychologists suggest for our generational angst. Another, brought up on multiple occasions by my peers and by psychologists I spoke to, is the luxury (as ungrateful as it sounds) of too much choice.
London-based psychologist, Pieter Kruger believes that people who don’t have a choice are far more resilient than the people who do. Simply, because they can blame the mistakes on life and luck. However, people who do have a choice usually blame their mistakes on their selves and end up being obsessive and depressed.
I spend a lot of time worrying about what I am going to do with my life. Previous generations had choice taken out of their hands. If you are told what to do, it takes the pressure away.
Technology is one of the reasons why we see uptick in this problem. Now you can see what everybody has and you can easily feel like you are missing out. Occurrence, otherwise known as Fomo.
Fomois very real and can be a constant addiction that affects anxiety levels and a general sense of well being, says Kruger.
Now, via Social media you can compare everything: figure, wealth, relationships, standard of living and the list goes on.
As science progresses too, neuroscientists found out how to help people who suffer from the problem. A specially designed song that have a profound influence over our levels of anxiety.
The Creation Of The Ultimate Anti-Stress Music
Neuroscientists from the MindlabInternational in the United Kingdom have created an ultimate anti-stress song. They studied the types of music and what kind of music was the best for relaxation. To conduct this study, the researchers told participants to try to solve some puzzles, which induce stress, while listening to different kinds of music.