Social Aspects of Depression and Anxiety

Depression and anxiety disorders are problems that bring the mental state out of balance and significantly complicate normal life. Depression implies a permanent and prolonged feeling of depression, lack of will and motivation, and in other cases even thoughts of death and the possibility of suicide. Anxiety personality disorder, on the other hand, can appear for no apparent reason, causing irrepressible emotional anxiety in a person. The social aspects of the emergence of these disorders should be considered to offer perspectives for therapy through integrative practices.

Often, depression can occur because a person is experiencing health problems. Depression and anxiety are statistically inherent in people with chronic and incurable diseases, in particular, cancer (Niedwiedz et al., 2019). The type of disease and methods of the therapy additionally determine how much a person experiences psychological abnormality. The duration of therapy and life expectancy with a diagnosis also affect a person’s level of anxiety.

Among other important psychosocial factors, the level of the financial well-being of a person should be mentioned. Statistics indicate that in general, among the less well-off segments of the population, more people are suffering from depressive disorder (Ridley et al., 2020). The economic well-being of people can directly affect their emotional well-being, in particular, the feeling of confidence in the future (McElroy et al., 2018). In the event of economic recessions or sharp jumps in the price of stocks or currencies, a person can drive themselves into a state of permanent anxiety. It should also be pointed out that hard work, stress, and insomnia in the working class often lead to burnout expressed in anxiety and depression (Koutsimani et al., 2019). The low social status of a person affects their health in a complex way, affecting the mental aspect as well.

Preventive state initiatives, such as supportive social packages, should be indicated as support measures. Providing financial security to the lower strata of the population can reduce the level of anxiety and depression in general (Mao et al., 2019). The provision of psychotherapeutic assistance for seriously and terminally ill patients can give a positive result. The possibility of access to psychological support and minimal financial well-being can serve as long-term measures in the fight against these psycho-emotional deviations.

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McElroy, E., Fearon, P., Belsky, J., Fonagy, P., and Patalay, P. (2018) ‘Networks of depression and anxiety symptoms across development’, Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, 57(12), pp. 964-973.

Niedwiedz, C. L., Knifton, L., Robb, K. A., Katikireddi, S. V., and Smith, D. J. (2019) ‘Depression and anxiety among people living with and beyond cancer: a growing clinical and research priority’, BMC Cancer, 19(943).

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