Greetings from America! The land of opportunity, mom’s apple pie, baseball, and anxiety.
Call us Xanax Nation, for short.
- 46 million prescriptions for the anxiety drug Xanax (and its generic form Alprazolam) were written in 2010
- 40 million+ adults are diagnosed with an anxiety disorder every year
- 3 million+ “anxiety” queries are searched monthly via Google
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- 311million+ = population estimate for 2011
- 75 million+ =population under the age of 18
That’s a lot of anxious adults raising anxious children.
And I’m not criticizing the parents–it’s an anxiety-provoking gig. My son was born 11 years ago and that’s the last time I enjoyed a good night’s rest.
I’m one of the fortunate ones, however. I’m a mental health practitioner trained by amazing clinicians who taught me about self-care, how to spot a narcissist, and the importance of ‘no’, among other things.
I honestly don’t know what my life would be like without these life lessons.
When I was younger I knew I had to be educated and successful in order to be happy. I figured if I was smart and played my cards right, everything would fall in place. I assumed that educated and successful people were more calm, cool and collected than the rest of us…
Some of the most psychologically addled, stressed out, and overwhelmingly anxious people I’ve met have been educated and successful…psychotherapy clients.
Just because you made valedictorian in law school or graduated from Harvard Business School doesn’t mean your emotional health is Ivy League material.
It’s often the opposite–professionals who’ve spent years studying Beethoven or rocket science have done so at the expense of developing their emotional intelligence.
Why mention this?
Because people with external resources have access to external resources when the anxiety shit hits the fan.
And what becomes of those less fortunate, but no-less deserving of external resources?
I don’t know.
But one thing I’m sure of is people live online.
Global searches for anxiety top 5.5 million every month.
A few other truths I know after 13 years of being a psychotherapist:
- Telling people to “Stop being anxious” doesn’t work
- Anxiety is not always a bad thing. Our ancestors thrived because of the fight or flight response. But we don’t need to outrun a bear, or hunt for dinner. Nowadays, we’re safe and we’re fat. Far too many are waging a war inside their minds, and are starved for solid anti-anxiety strategies
- Corporate America sells you the cure for social anxiety in Chanel’s “little black dress” or the BMW X1
- The stigma of mental health disorders prevents many individuals from visiting a psychotherapist
- 46+ million prescriptions of Xanax in 2013 will not help people get to the root of their anxiety
- Parenting is a bitch on some days, and a supportive network to access useful information, to vent, to cry and to laugh goes a long way in building connections and bolstering self-esteem
- If we don’t offer better coping skills to anxious adults, we’ll continue to raise anxious children. And children have one shot at childhood
- “You’re not alone” is a message that more people need to internalize
The Think Traffic Challenge:
Corbett Barr of Think Traffic posted a mentoring giveaway I would love to win.
Corbett and company have got this traffic and online business thing on lock. And I can write a mean treatment plan on mental health.
For this reason and for the above-mentioned reasons, I think I deserve to win this amazing competition. In the past couple of months, I’ve paid a lot of attention to growing my blog’s presence (Thanks Fizzle!).
- Traffic has increased by 40%
- Newsletter subscriber numbers are up over 60%
- Facebook page ‘likes’ and engagement is climbing, too.
I’m not the best therapist in America–far from it. But I’ve gained a loyal and intrepid following over the past two years by providing quality content delivered in an authentic, honest and straightforward voice.
Remeber this post, Corbett? ;).
My dream is to create a non-corporate wellness community which spreads the good mental health word, reduces the stigma of psychotherapy, and offers affordable, accessible mental wellness products online.
I’m thinkin’ podcasts, video series, eBooks, and webinars.
Thank you Corbett and company for your consideration of TalkTherapyBiz.
Now it’s your turn–I’d be forever grateful if you’d visit the comments box below and share:
~Why the world needs more accurate, honest and quality mental health content online.
~What would you like to see offered as an online resource for anxiety?
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