Dr. Robert Wilson
Final Abstract for URS Program
Generalized Anxiety Disorder is one of the leading mental illnesses in the United States, affecting 6.8 million adults. Having a mental disorder can lead to stigmatization, isolation, and changes in interpersonal relations. The recent psychiatric approach to these types of diseases equates them to physical illnesses in both importance and concern. This project will examine articles and journals that include social context for mental illness along with current issues that are prevalent in society such as treatments and social stigmas. Discrediting, rejection, and ostracization based on bias and prejudices result in lower self-esteem, contributing to the severity or presence of anxiety. Anxiety disorders also perpetuate self-stigmatization and personal beliefs of feeling inadequate, creating a cycle of negative reinforcement.