Tanya Luhrmann writes in the New York Times: “Americans are a pretty anxious people. Nearly one in five of us — 18 percent — has an anxiety disorder. We spend over $2 billion a year on anti-anxiety medications … In 2002 the World Mental Health Survey found that Americans were the most anxious people in the 14 countries studied, with more clinically significant levels of anxiety than people in Nigeria, Lebanon and Ukraine.” Luhrmann concludes: “… there is something deeply cultural about the way (our) mind is imagined, (that) has consequences for the way we experience thoughts and feelings. Our high anxiety, whatever the challenges we face, is probably one of the consequences.”
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