Anxiety, Mental Illness and Rebellion

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The change in modern society has taken a tole on mental illness. I was intrigued by this article titled, “Mental Illness as Rebellion Against Society”. There is no doubt that society has shaped the formation and popularity of mental illness. However, the idea that mental illness epidemic is also being caused by a rebellion against a dehumanizing society, is viable. We are detached from our jobs and our schooling. Students are now loaded with the burden of increasingly large student-loan debt, in careers they hold little interest in. In addition, an increasing number of people are completely socially isolated. According to a June 2013 Gallup survey “ The State of the American Workplace: Employee Engagement”, only 30 percent of workers were “engaged, or involved in, enthusiastic about, and committed to their workplace.” 50 percent cited themselves as unengaged or simply going through the motions. These negative attitudes in the workplace inevitably carry over into their effect on the number of people with mental illness. Surprisingly, people with higher levels of education reported more discontent with their workplace. These numbers are credited to the quality of life, as life sucks more than it did a generation ago, especially when it comes back to paying off student loans. According to Salon Magazine and American Student Assistance, 37 million Americans have student-loan debt. The majority of these people are still paying back their loans in their 30’s and older, on top of all the other financial responsibilities brought on in that age. In addition to the anxiety and pain brought about through jobs, school and debt, studies shows an increase in social isolation. According to the American Sociological Review, Americans are lacking confidence. ImageIn 1985, 10 percent of Americans said they have no confidence in their lives  but by 2004, 25 percent of Americans stated that they had no confidence in their lives. The increase in feelings of helplessness, boredom, anxiety, fear, isolation and dehumanization, resulting from a more stressful and demanding society, causes humans to rebel. People become more inattentive, shown through studies of low levels of student enthusiasm. However, others become addicted to gambling, eating, or drinking as avenues to deal with the stress and anxiety.More severe cases find temporary solutions in illegal and prescription drugs. “When we have hope, energy and friends, we can choose to rebel against societal oppression with, for example, a wildcat strike or a back-to-the-land commune. But when we lack hope, energy and friends, we routinely rebel without consciousness of rebellion and in a manner which today is commonly called mental illness.”

http://www.salon.com/2013/08/26/how_our_society_breeds_anxiety_depression_and_dysfunction_partner/

http://www.alternet.org/story/75081/how_teenage_rebellion_has_become_a_mental_illness

http://www.cdc.gov/media/dpk/2013/dpk-vs-adult-smoking-mental-illness.html

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  1. Do not end in a quote…you need to explain the quote. Attribution is a problem when I do not know who said what!
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    most information sources are not cited accurately

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