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The Stigma of Anxiety: What Is It and How Can We Change Things?

Updated: Mar 22, 2023

The Stigma of Anxiety. Is there a stigma? Where did it come from? Why are people with anxiety often thought of as weak? What can we do to change this perception? In today’s Easing Anxiety Q&A, we look at how people with anxiety are treated — both now, and in the past. And we discuss paths for change, both for ourselves, and for the world around us.

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