Graduation Date


Document Type

Senior Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts


Humanities and Cultural Studies

Department or Program Chair

Chase B. Clow, PhD

First Reader

Joshua Horowitz, PhD


Living with generalized anxiety disorder, also known as GAD, in the United States of America is difficult not only for the individual, but also for the people around him or her. Lifestyle changes have to be made, family dynamics need to be adjusted, and last but not least, all relationships must become flexible. In fact, these major life changes are never fixed and must continually adapt to the needs of the individual with generalized anxiety disorder since it is a lifelong medical condition. As with any other mental illness, dealing with generalized anxiety disorder takes great sacrifice in terms of time, money, and effort. Abraham Lincoln, one of the most famous figures in American history, is one individual that suffered with generalized anxiety disorder. His particular journey with the disorder is unique since he had a different upbringing and was living in one of the most violent eras in American history. But, what he shares in common with many other people with generalized anxiety disorder is the experience of mental health stigma. This thesis is a historical analysis of Abraham Lincoln’s experience with generalized anxiety disorder in the United States of America from his childhood to his assassination.