Originally Posted by leppardess
Originally Posted by User
But if you haven't moved beyond the basic struggle for survival, then you don't have any time/energy/motivation to dwell on SA. You either get over it or die.
I disagree with this statement. In my own experience, I've gone from living relatively well, to struggling and my anxiety never really changed in how bad it was. Struggling, in and of itself has no bearing on SA, overcoming it or 'getting over it'
Overcoming SA in an of itself is a struggle. Adding one struggle on top of another just makes things worse.
The only way that I can see wealth being a plus is that you're able to afford to seek help much easier.
I don't know whether SA is less prevalent in third world countries than in the developed world or not, so I'm not talking about that. What I meant is that if you have to struggle for basic resources (food, water, shelter), then you have much bigger problems to deal with than SA. Your SA might be the same, but you would have to live as if you didn't have it. Just take a look at any third world country and notice the lack of basic antibiotics, much less medication for anxiety disorders. Anyone with SA (minus the most severe cases) has to "get over it" or die. Now once you introduce wealth and the struggle for survival is over, then psychological problems can take center stage.
Originally Posted by Qolselanu
You can't even admit to having anxiety or depression in America without drawing wierd looks. People being generally unsympathetic here tends to make the whole thing worse.
This is true. Even though tens of millions of Americans are on psychiatric medication.
Originally Posted by Classified
Part of the problem is that we are expected to be more successful than our parents, when we are 25. You need to buy the yuppie cookie cutter home for $200,000 instead of the normal $70,000 one that would make financial sense.
Damn, I forgot how cheap housing is in other parts of the country. Where I live, wealthy county in a major Mid-Atlantic metro area (take your pick...), "normal" houses cost $400,000-$500,000. $200,000 is bordering on low income housing.