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Anxiety: A Short History

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  • Anxiety: A Short History 
    Title: Anxiety: A Short History
    Format: PAPERBACK
    Publication date: 15/10/2013
    Price: $49.95
    Publishing status: Active

    Anxiety is rooted in an ancient part of the brain, and our ability to be anxious is inherited from species far more ancient than humans. Anxiety is often adaptive, enabling us to respond to threats. But when normal fear yields to what psychiatry categorises as anxiety disorders, it becomes maladaptive. More people today report feeling anxious than ever before, even while living in relatively safe and prosperous modern societies—almost one in five people experiences an anxiety disorder each year. Allan V. Horwitz, a sociologist of mental illness and mental health, tells how this condition has been experienced, understood & treated through the ages—from Hippocrates through Freud to today. As he explores the history and multiple identities of anxiety-melancholia, nerves, neuroses, phobias & so on, it becomes clear that every age has had its own anxieties and that culture plays a role in shaping how anxiety is expressed.

    ISBN: 9781421410807
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