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The Upside of Anxiety

Andrew Hussey examines the damage done by anxiety and also the benefits it might offer.
Anxiety has become one of the defining characteristics of our modern age, with millions of us suffering from its various damaging effects. It comes in many shapes and sizes - status anxiety, social anxiety, and more recently Brexit and Eco-anxiety. Figures indicate a big rise in its prevalence, particularly among young people and members of minority groups. In this editon of 'Archive on Four' Professor Andrew Hussey how this new age of anxiety has come about, how it compares with previous moments of national stress, and also why he believes it to be a peculiarly modern phenomenon. Hussey makes the case that while pathological forms of anxiety can be crippling, anxiety can also bring with it positive benefits - and rather than attempt to destroy it we should attempt to make it a useful ally.

Producer - Geoff Bird
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The rise of ‘happiness coaches’

Some employers are now fighting workplace stress and anxiety with unconventional ideas.
India's workforce is one of the youngest in the world, and faces high levels of anxiety and depression in large part from work-related stresses. Some employers are trying to combat the problem using unconventional ideas, such as hiring 'happiness coaches' like Pravin Chaturvedi to increase office morale.

Mental illness is often neglected in India because of social stigma and poor care. Depression is among the top areas of concern and an estimated 57 million Indians are affected by it.  So how can India change the discourse on mental health especially at workplaces?

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Mental health: Tackling workplace depression

How can workplaces better support employees' mental health?
A study points out that more than 40% of India’s corporate employees suffer from depression and anxiety. It’s a common illness, yet talking about it is still a taboo. And it costs the global economy $1 trillion in lost productivity each year.

What are some recognisable signs of a mental health disorder? How can you help a colleague who’s struggling to cope? How does one go about looking for professional help, and is it accessible? 

In this episode of WorklifeIndia, we speak to a Bollywood star who spoke up about her struggle with depression, a therapist and counsellor working on mental health for more than two decades, the founder of a start-up bringing happiness to the corporate world, and a former corporate employee who was asked to leave her job over a mental health disorder and has now launched an initiative to sensitise workplaces. 

We ask them what practical solutions workplaces can implement to provide support to their employees.

Presenter: Devina Gupta

Contributors: Deepika Padukone, Bollywood star and depression survivor; Anna Chandy, chairperson of the board of trustrees, the Live Love Laugh Foundation; Karan Behl, founder and chief happiness officer, Happiitude; Deepti Ahuja, founder, Sense of Self Mental Health Initiative

Generation Anxious

How to parent an anxious child.
It’s a crippling feeling of unease, where worry and fear dominate your thoughts. You may feel restless, tense, with an increased heart rate and heavier breathing.  These are all symptoms of anxiety – and it’s currently the most common emotional disorder in children - 7.2 per cent of 5-19 year olds have been diagnosed with anxiety in England alone.  In addition, there are many more children with less severe anxiety who are nevertheless distressed and may struggle to function.  According to England’s best source on trends in child mental health, it’s a condition that’s on the increase amongst school age children,  The research from NHS Digital also indicates a particularly worrying problem amongst teenage girls and young women – rates increase with age, with around one in eight 17-19 year olds suffering from anxiety.
What’s happening in the lives of our children that might be causing and adding to their anxiety.  Are they really more anxious, or are we as parents passing on own fears and worries - and becoming more eager to get them diagnosed?  What is ‘normal’ anxiety through childhood, how can it be used in a positive way, and how can we spot when it starts to get out of control.  We’ll hear from one young woman Saira who has struggled with anxiety throughout her teens, and find out the negative impact it can have on family life, social life and school life if not treated properly.  Plus, we visit the parenting workshop offering top tips to mums and dads worried about their kids’ anxious behaviour.  

Next in the series Mariella will tackling lying: the best way to negotiate the tangled web of a deceit in a post truth world.  And also coming up, parents v teachers.  We discuss whether parents are abdicating their responsibilities and leaving teachers to perform duties best done in the home, and find out why this is one relationship they should really be prioritising. 

Producer: Katy Takatsuki

Photo: With Mariella Frostrup are guests (L-R) Jane Caro, Tim Gill, Dr Kathy Weston, Professor Tamsin Ford.