Anxiety in the West: Is it on the rise?

According to some observers, anxiety is now snowballing in the United States. So, in this Spotlight, we ask whether anxiety truly is becoming more prevalent in the West and, if so, what may be causing it.

For many, anxiety is an ever-present uninvited guest; in our circle of friends, among family members, and in communities at large.

It seems to be rampaging through society like a noncontagious cognitive plague, forming a low-level hum that hides in the corners of our collective minds.

In August 2018, Barnes & Noble — who are the largest book retailer in the United States — announced a huge surge in the sales of books about anxiety; a 25 percent jump on June 2017. “[W]e may be living in an anxious nation,” one press release dryly notes.

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How to stop anxious lip biting

Many people occasionally bite their lip when they are anxious. However, for some people, lip biting can become a habit that impacts on everyday life.

People with this nervous habit may get painful sores and redness on their lips.

Lip biting can be a difficult habit to break because the behavior can become so automatic that a person may no longer be aware of it. However, there are effective ways to overcome this habit.

Read on to learn about the causes of lip biting, similar anxious habits, and treatment options.

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