Prozac Nation is Now the United States of Xanax

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In this piece for The New York Times, Alex Williams discusses the social, political, cultural, and economic trends that have led to the recent rise in anxiety in the U.S.

“…anxiety is starting to seem like a sociological condition, too: a shared cultural experience that feeds on alarmist CNN graphics and metastasizes through social media. As depression was to the 1990s — summoned forth by Kurt Cobain, ‘Listening to Prozac,’ Seattle fog and Temple of the Dog dirges on MTV, viewed from under a flannel blanket — so it seems we have entered a new Age of Anxiety. Monitoring our heart rates. Swiping ceaselessly at our iPhones. Filling meditation studios in an effort to calm our racing thoughts.”

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1 COMMENT

  1. Quit the rat race. Its still possible. You don’t have to live by the official plan ie Neo-feudalism. The choice is all yours. I live off the grid, I have very few bills. Cutting cable is a good start I have very nice Wifi antenna. WIFI is free for the taking, you would be surprised. Go ahead and pay $1500 a year for rot your brain cable TV not me.

    Have you ever wanted to be free of the stresses of your present life ? Ever considered breaking out on your own and living independently ? http://www.google.com/search?q=off+grid+living

    I could do a long rant on how our screw you over big brother police state society sucks but most peoples misery is self inflicted and they don’t even know it.

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