Women and people under 35 most affected by anxiety disorder: Study

Women and people under 35 most affected by anxiety disorder: Study

With increasing desires, expectations, responsibilities, and cut-throat competition, mental health problems are on a steep rise. The demanding nature of every task, whether at home or at work, drains all the energy and causes immense stress. But the constant worry and fear can be overwhelming and can often lead to anxiety disorders, one of the most common mental health problems in the world. According to a research by the University of Cambridge, women and people under the age of 35 are almost twice at the risk of experiencing anxiety than men.

The study also observed that West European and North American people are more likely to suffer from anxiety than people from any other cultures. No wonder that around 40 million people aged 18 years and above are affected by anxiety disorders in the U.S., with the economic burden of $42 billion a year, as reported by Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA).

The Cambridge’s Institute of Public Health carried out a global review of all the past 1,200 studies that have been conducted on this issue, in order to synthesize the values. From this, they found about 48 reviews that matched the criteria for their study. The review which was published in the journal Brain and Behavior in June 2016, also talked about how anxiety disorders seem to put twice the burden on people who are battling other health conditions, such as cancer, heart ailment or even pregnancy.

Greater risk for women and younger generation

Dr. Louise Lafortune, senior research associate at the Cambridge Institute of Public Health said, “Anxiety disorders affect a lot of people and can lead to impairment, disability, and risk of suicide.” During the research, one of the anxiety disorders, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) was mostly found in pregnant women and in the period immediately after birth.

The researchers also found that between 1990 and 2010, the overall proportion of people affected by anxiety disorder remained constant. North America topped the proportion, with eight out of every 100 people affected, while the numbers remain lowest in East Asia, with only three people affected out of every 100. Women and people below 35 years of age were the most affected. “We see that these disorders are common across all groups, but women and young people are disproportionately affected,” says Olivia Remes, first author from the University of Cambridge.

Marginalized sections prone to develop anxiety

Interestingly, the data collected for the study excluded the marginalized sections, such as sex workers, indigenous people, and street youth, who, as researchers recognized, can be at an even greater risk. There have been very few studies in these populations and future researchers need to bridge the gap and reach a greater understanding of how mental health conditions can affect those who are far removed from effective diagnosis and treatment.

Road to recovery

Anxiety disorders, especially among women, can make living extremely difficult and is not to be overlooked or ignored for too long. The health services need to realize the groups at the greatest risk and take appropriate measures to make their life better.

If you or your loved one is suffering from an anxiety disorder, now is the time to get them medical care. The Florida Helpline for Anxiety representatives can connect you to some of the best anxiety treatment centers in Florida that are up-to-date with most comprehensive treatment programs. You can call our 24/7 helpline number (855)-920-9834 for further assistance, or chat online with our experts to get details of evidence-based anxiety treatment in Florida.