Understanding Anxiety and Depression: Society's Impact

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Mental Illness and Health Care Megan Biasin Professor T. Cooke SOCI-1004: Contemporary Social Problems Fanshawe College Social Issue What is mental illness, specifically anxiety and depression? How does it impact/effect how people function in society? According to Mayo Clinic, “Mental illness refers to a wide range of mental health disorders that affect your mood, thinking, and behavior.” (Mayo Clinic Staff, 2015). Anxiety causes people to have frequent, intense, excessive and persistent worry and fear about everyday situations. It often causes repeated episodes of sudden feelings of intense anxiety and fear of terror that reach a peak within minutes which can impact how a person completes daily activities. (WedMD and Mayo Clinic …show more content…

Anxiety and depression can be influenced by many things not just by chemical interruptions or social interactions. That is why there are different forms of treatments available for people that suffer with anxiety and depression because it is not only caused by one thing. There are a couple different types of medications that help treat anxiety and depression. Some positive’s to using medication is that it improves sleep, helps keep emotions in check, helps to avoid sudden outbursts of frustration and anger, and allows a person to perform daily activities more efficiently. (Johnson, n/a). Some negative’s to using medication is that it is very addictive and after prolonged use a person can become dependent on the drug and unable to function without it and if medication is stopped, symptoms will return. (Johnson, n/a., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, n/a). There is also Cognitive- Behavioral Therapy or CBT which is a psychological treatment that includes visiting a counselor or psychiatrist regularly. (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, n/a). Some positive’s to CBT is that it is a highly effective short term and long term treatment that provides patients with coping strategies to control their anxiety and depression. (University of North …show more content…

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