Recognising the anxiogenic environment as a driver of youth anxiety

Janie Busby Grant, Philip J Batterham, Alison L Calear, Will J Grant, Helen Christensen

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Although anxiety is a common experience, the prevalence of extreme, persistent, and debilitating anxiety has grown among young people in the past two decades. 1 , 2 Severe anxiety is associated with substantial negative impact on everyday functioning and wellbeing and is closely linked with the development of other mental illnesses, such as depression. Anxiety can be driven by a range of societal, financial, and ecological factors (eg, poverty, unemployment or precarious employment, inequality, discrimination), environmental features (eg, housing quality, overcrowding, and pollution), and crises (eg, global pandemics, political turmoil, and conflict), 3 , 4 , 5 , 6 many of which disproportionally affect young people. 7 , 8
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)303-305
Number of pages3
JournalThe Lancet Child & Adolescent Health
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - May 2023


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