Amid mounting tensions, the world is threatened by a new epidemic – anxiety and depression.
The support of the Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA) matters because nowadays, many people face symptoms of depression.
Firstly, the ADAA aims to prevent, treat, and cure anxiety disorders and depression. According to a May 2020 Washington Post article by William Wan called “The Coronavirus Pandemic Is Pushing America into a Mental Health Crisis,” as the COVID-19 pandemic spreads and restrictive measures are taken, the population is increasingly suffering from symptoms of depression. In this regard, the work of the ADAA is particularly significant as its work can help reduce the prevalence of mental disorders in society by coordinating research, practice, and education. According to a March 2020 The New York Times article by Neil Irwin called “How to Prevent a Coronavirus Depression,” education and acquisition of information is a critical method of preventing depression. Thus, given the mission and practices of the ADAA, it can make a significant contribution to preventing the spread of depression in society.
Secondly, another reason to support the ADAA is that they strive to improve the quality of life for people living with anxiety, depression, OCD, PTSD, and co-occurring disorders. According to an October 2020 Washington Post article by Chelsea Cirruzzo called “Pandemic Depression is about to Collide with Seasonal Depression. Make a Plan, Experts Say,” people with depression have difficulty in daily functioning, including at work. Moreover, according to an October 2021 The New York Times article by Jane Brody called “The Devastating Ways Depression and Anxiety Impact the Body,” anxiety can manifest itself on a physical level in the form of intestinal cramps, loose stools, increased urination, shortness of breath, palpitations, headaches, and increased sweating, thereby contributing to the development of various diseases.
Some might argue that we should not support this organization because nowadays, the word “depression” sounds often – from TV screens, social networks, and media personalities, that it seems to be a fashion trend.
Response to the Counterargument
However, the organization deserves our support because it aims to prevent, treat, and cure anxiety disorders and depression, as well as strives to improve the quality of life for people living with anxiety, depression, OCD, PTSD, and co-occurring disorders.
Therefore, the activities of the ADAA need support since this organization deals with the problems of anxiety disorders and depression, truly insidious conditions that permeate many people’s daily lives.
Brody, J. (2021). The devastating ways depression and anxiety impact the body. The New York Times. Web.
Cirruzzo, C. (2020). Pandemic depression is about to collide with seasonal depression. Make a plan, experts say. Washington Post. Web.
Irwin, N. (2020). How to prevent a coronavirus depression. The New York Times. Web.
Wan, W. (2020). The coronavirus pandemic is pushing America into a mental health crisis. Washington Post. Web.