By Sanvi Gupta, published July 1st, 2022
Anxiety has impacted many individuals across the globe, especially adolescents. According to the ADAA, only about 36% of people with an anxiety disorder get treated, although there are several treatment options.
We have been exposed to so much pressure including bullying, hatred, cyberbullying, and more. Social media platforms like Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook have left us feeling hopeless and as if we have been crushed to the ground. Therefore, we are uncertain of what steps to take next. In fact, only 38% of cyberbullying victims are willing to admit it to their parents. From this, we can understand how some victims dealing with anxiety are not letting those they trust most assist them out of this misery they are dealing with, making this issue more horrific than ever.
In the phases of anxiety, we feel so insecure about ourselves, and asking for help is very tough. This leads us into being trapped into bad decisions that are extremely harmful to us. Some bad decisions people with anxiety may face include no communication with family, or even suicide. This must end. Our world must stop hating one another and should create bridges of peace and kindness instead.
One major reason for anxiety in our daily lives is social media influences. Technology has been used increasingly during this Covid-19 Pandemic. We have all been using online platforms so much that it is becoming a regular habit. We are constantly looking at screens and are becoming very dependent on them. This is mainly because we are using them for a variety of reasons such as working from home, online school, casual social interactions, gaming, and more. The most dangerous use of technology is social media.
On social media, people are vulnerable to getting bullied which can lead to anxiety and depression. Many understand that anxiety is not something that will just come and go. Social media can give people mental damage and can impact their lives dramatically. Yet, cyberbullies continue to hurt others and cause unnecessary stress and damage. They can cause people to do many terrible things such as overdose on drugs, and even commit suicide. Suicidal rates have increased over the years, and studies have found that the leading cause of this is social media.
At the end of the day, cyberbullies have a choice to stop their wrongdoings and live a life without hurting or even killing others. Unfortunately, not all bullies have stopped impacting others. Overall, our world must learn to help each other and not hurt each other. We are all capable of stopping these incidents from taking place. We must work together to achieve our goals together.