Anxiety – a taboo topic

Anxiety can be perfectly normal, but it is just as normal not to want to talk about the problem. There is a reason for this in our society: anxiety is often (incorrectly!) seen as a form of weakness. Most people want others to see them as strong and able to cope, and anxiety is not compatible with this image, especially if it is uncontrolled and happens often. As a result, those who suffer often hide their concerns in the hope that the situation won't be noticed and they will meet other people's expectations.

The feeling of being isolated

The problem with making anxiety a taboo topic: if you don't talk about it, you are left to your own devices. You feel isolated and lonely instead of sharing your concerns and fears with other people. And that means you automatically deprive yourself of an especially tried-and-true form of help. It has been shown over and over again that people can cope with their anxieties and spinning thoughts more effectively if they confide in friends or accept professional help from a psychologist or doctor.

Surprisingly, anxiety is such a widespread phenomenon that those people affected are never alone. This is one of the most common emotional disorders there is, and women are affected twice as frequently as men are. One man in ten and one women in five experience pathological manifestations of anxiety* – and their age groups and social status make no difference.

Yes to medicine, no to side effects

Another reason that people try to ignore anxiety is their concern that they will have to take medications with strong side effects. Even if they expect a good outcome, most of those affected are not willing to accept grogginess or the risk of addiction. As a result, many people ideally want a medicine that has noticeable effects but can still be easily tolerated. The herbal drug Lasea® fulfils this profile very closely.

*Any anxiety disorder; 12-month prevalence; source: Wittchen et al. European Neuropsychopharmacology (2011)