Author Describes Life-Long Struggle With Anxiety.

In a cover piece for the Atlantic (12/23, Stossel) in which he describes his long-life struggle with anxiety, Scott Stossel, editor of the Atlantic and author of the upcoming book, “My Age of Anxiety: Fear, Hope, Dread, and the Search for Peace of Mind,” writes, “According to the National Institute of Mental Health, some 40 million American adults, about one in six, are suffering from some kind of anxiety disorder at any given time; based on the most recent data from the Department of Health and Human Services, their treatment accounts for more than a quarter of all spending on mental-health care.” He adds, “Today, the American Psychiatric Association’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (now in its just-published fifth edition, DSM-5) defines hundreds of mental disorders,” including anxiety. After recounting his difficulties with treatments and medication, Stossel looks at the bright side of the matter, noting that “anxiety is productive mainly when it is not so strong as to be debilitating,” improving job performance, for example.

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— “Surviving Anxiety, “Scott Stossel , The Atlantic, December 22, 2013.

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