Released on 09 AUG 2012
All We Have To Fear
What is the basis for distinguishing between natural fears and anxiety disorders – what is the definition of ‘normal’?
Fears of snakes or rodents, fears of meeting new people, or of public speaking, and many other conditions where people experience intense anxiety, are by far the most common forms of psychiatric disturbances. Moreover, estimates of how many people have these ‘disorders’ at some point in their lives have been soaring in recent decades. Many of these fears are classified as ‘anxiety disorders’.
Thirty years ago, it was estimated by the authoritative Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) of the American Psychiatric Association, that less than five percent of the population had an anxiety disorder. Today, some estimates are over fifty percent, a tenfold increase. Is this dramatic rise evidence of a real medical epidemic?
Anxiety is now considered to be the most common type of mental disorder
Does the vast amount of diagnosed anxiety disorders result from a medicalization of natural anxiousness?
Do many of the conditions now called anxiety disorders actually reflect a mismatch between human nature and modern environments?
Will the DSM-5 make matters worse by calling normal anxiety a "psychiatric disorder"?
9780199793754 | £18.99 | 09 August 2012
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