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CSUSB professor discusses ‘Our New Age of Anxiety’

Psychology Today

Oct. 13, 2020

Anthony Silard, a CSUSB public administration associate professor, wrote an article about the deep causes of anxiety during the COVID-19 pandemic for the blog “The Art of Living Free.”

“Anxiety is a normal response to the pandemic. As an emotion, anxiety is considered innate and necessary for survival,” Silard wrote. “It’s a defense mechanism: an emotion that has been biologically wired into our physiological system to help us develop and sustain hyper-vigilance in case we encounter adversity, like a tense, coiled spring perpetually preparing for action. For this reason, anxiety increases our stress and, if we experience it repeatedly over time, reduces our immune system functioning.”

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