Women are more prone to anxiety than men: Study
Anxiety should be taken more seriously in mental health research because it is people are suffering from the disease more than we think, points a global review of the anxiety disorder.
Researchers from the University of Cambridge said that young people under 35, women and those who suffer from health related issues were at higher risk.
Researchers said that four out of every hundred are under the influence of the condition. However, the review also noted that more research was required to make sure which other communities were at higher risk.
Research on Anxiety Disorder
The global review of 48 studies was published in the journal Brain and Behavior. It has concluded that only in Europe every year more than 60 million people get affected by anxiety condition.
The highest affected region is North America with eight in 100 people suffering from the disorder, and the least affected region is East Asia with three in 100 people suffering from the anxiety.
Although the percentage of people suffering from anxiety remained fairly steady between 1990 and 2010, the authors said it was a condition which was hardly analyzed, unlike depression.
Olivia Remes, from the department of public health and primary care at the University of Cambridge and also an author of the review said that anxiety is very difficult to deal with and it makes the patient miserable.
Olivia Remes said, “There has been a lot of focus on depression – which is important – but anxiety is equally important and debilitating; it can lead to the development of other diseases and psychiatric disorders, increase the risk for suicide and is associated with high costs to society.”
She added, “It is important for our health services to understand how common they are and which groups of people are at greatest risk.”
What is an anxiety?
Anxiety is a mixture of feelings such as fear, worry and uneasiness which stays with the patient for a very long period of time, and so it becomes difficult to deal with.
In anxiety symptoms, patient experiences nauseous increased blood pressure and disturbed sleeping pattern.
At this stage, it turns into a mental health condition and a diagnosis of a particular anxiety disorder can be given.
Women around the world were discovered to be twice as likely to suffer from anxiety as men.
Ms. Remes said this could be due to hormonal fluctuations or may be because women are more prone to take stress in general than men, or maybe their traditional routine of growing children.
The review pointed that people with a chronic health problem were at high risk, “adding a double burden on their lives”.
For instance, 32% of people with multiple sclerosis have experienced anxiety attack and 15 to 23% of cancer patients are influenced.
The review observed that information on anxiety was particularly missing in some populations, such as native cultures, and also in some sex workers, drug users, gay, lesbian, and bisexual people.
Pregnant women were also discovered to be specifically prone to obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) – a form of anxiety disorder – before and immediately after the delivery.
Stephen Buckley, chief of information at mental health charity Mind, said anxiety was one of the most experienced mental health conditions in the UK.
Stephen said, “Many people wait too long before seeing their GP, discounting social anxiety as just day-to-day stress. But it’s not the same as being ‘a bit shy’ and it’s important to seek help as soon as possible if you feel like your anxiety is interfering with your ability to do the things you normally would.”