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is "anxiety" itself a psychiatric disorder? | mental health | uneven 42

By most standard metrics, the world is better off today than ever before. And yet, the rates of people suffering from "anxiety" is through the roof. What does this really mean? What is causing it? And why should we be careful when we diagnose?


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0:00:00 the answer is…

0:01:01 i'm a bit ornery today

0:01:22 watching "fallout"

0:02:11 murphy break #1

0:02:44 the high rates of anxiety

0:04:03 notes, not scripted (kind of)

0:05:23 what's causing this increase in anxiety?

0:05:43 poverty?

0:05:59 child mortality?

0:06:35 life expectancy?

0:06:54 the economy?

0:07:32 murphy break #2

0:08:39 unemployment?

0:09:02 nuclear war?

0:09:25 electricity?

0:10:07 environment?

0:10:38 the younger generation

0:11:20 list of anxiety disorders

0:12:59 i deal with adhd

0:15:10 overdiagnosing mental health

0:16:04 labeling our struggles

0:17:48 we all have our shit

0:19:31 anxiety is not a mental health disorder

0:20:32 i deal with bind

0:24:01 murphy break #3

0:24:30 anxiety can be beneficial

0:27:29 becoming a condition or diagnosis

0:29:29 overdiagnosing and overmedicating

0:31:11 what message are we telling ourselves?

0:31:41 short-term vs. long-term thinking

0:33:35 ashton / learning deficit

0:35:57 murphy break #4

0:36:56 we learn to adapt

0:39:02 maybe there are other causes

0:41:39 gratitude, challenging, and backing off

0:42:55 building resilience

0:44:56 just being myself and honest

0:44:56 i hope you live a full life

0:46:26 in closing



DSM 5 Anxiety Disorders (A complete guide)

— PsychReel, Last Updated: 2022

Trends in anxiety among adults in the United States, 2008-2018…

— Goodwin RD, Weinberger AH, Kim JH, Wu M, Galea S. Trends in anxiety among adults in the United States, 2008-2018: Rapid increases among young adults. J Psychiatr Res. 2020 Nov;130:441-446. doi: 10.1016/j.jpsychires.2020.08.014. Epub 2020 Aug 21. PMID: 32905958; PMCID: PMC7441973.

zaCentral: your life is already better in 2020 than it was in 2010. These stats prove it

— Jon Gabriel, azcentral, 2020

U.S. GDP by Year, Compared to Recessions and Events

— Kinberly Amadeo, the balance, 2022

50 Ways the World is Getting Better

— by Ben Carlson, "A Wealth of Common Sense"

The Ashton Manual (Benzodiazepines)

BIND (Benzodiazepine Induced Neurological Dysfunction) Info

— information about protracted benzodiazepine withdrawal.


Recording Info

— RECORDED: Wednesday, April 24, 2024

— LOCATION: Colorado


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Welcome to “uneven,” a podcast about life, anxiety, and being human. In such a chaotic world, how do we better our lives and the lives of those around us? Maybe, just maybe, we might find a few solutions together. Join veteran podcaster D E Foster as he explores the intimate struggles so many of us experience — often in silence. I hope you’ll join us.


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