What is it, how does it affect people, and what can you do if you suffer from anxiety? It’s interesting that as a youngster growing up, the term anxiety didn’t really exist. Certainly, the term social anxiety didn’t exist. Generalized anxiety and specific anxiety didn’t really exist. I wasn’t aware growing up in the 90’s of many people being on anti-anxiety medication, whereas now people are on anti-depressants. That’s another story for another day.