ROBERT WRIGHT

Crisis, What Crisis?

More history, less hysteria

Age of Anxiety

"If you're a human being living in 2017 and you're not anxious, there's something wrong with you."  So says Sarah Fader, an American media consultant whose "generalized anxiety disorder" opens a widely syndicated New York Times feature on anxious millennials.  The stresses of "push notifications, apocalyptic headlines and rancorous tweets" are real enough, but are they different in kind from the neuroses that afflicted earlier cohorts?  No, answers Atlantic editor Scott Stossel, author of the confessional "Surviving Anxiety."  We don't need more deep breathing exercises, says he.  We need more "historical perspective."