America is turning into a country of hand-wringers. Nearly one in five suffer from anxiety disorders, the most common class of psychiatric ailment…. This includes panic attacks, generalized anxiety disorder (a persistent and excessive worrying about everyday things,) social anxiety disorder, and a host of other fretful conditions. Also, we are more anxious than anyone else, beating out all other nations…job stress and the lack of actual social mobility (despite the claim of a meritocracy) seem to be the culprits according to this article.
I think that genetics may play a role too, as I have seen anxiety disorders run in families, especially if the family is, ahem, closely related, if you know what I mean (and I see a lot of that in some places that I won’t mention. :)