A study published in the journal Psychological Medicine found that of all the mental disorders, anxiety is the most common. Globally, 1 out of every 13 people suffer from anxiety disorder. Despite being a common mental condition, people lack proper awareness about anxiety disorder. Though a little bit of anxiety is commonplace but when it becomes overwhelming and uncontrollable, it can prevent a person from carrying out his/her daily activities. A proper knowledge about this disorder and its symptoms can be the first proactive step towards helping the people with this condition. Here is a list of 9 things that you must know about anxiety disorder:
1. Women are more prone to Anxiety disorder
Compared to men, women are more likely to suffer from anxiety disorder by a ratio of 1.9 to 1. This ratio is same for both developed and developing countries.
2. Youth is more likely to suffer from Anxiety Disorder
Irrespective of country and culture, people under the age of 35 years are more likely to get anxiety disorder. This is same for all countries except Pakistan where greater number of middle-aged people suffer from anxiety disorder.
3. People addicted to Gambling and Internet suffer from Anxiety disorder
Gambling and addiction to the internet have been associated with anxiety disorder. 37% of pathological gamblers around the world have reported suffering from anxiety disorder. People addicted to the internet have two times higher risk of having anxiety disorder.
4. People with mental illness suffer from Anxiety disorder
People having mental illness such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder have a greater risk of having anxiety disorder. Globally, about 12% of people with schizophrenia also suffer from Obsessive Compulsive Disorder.
5. Addiction to opioid is also linked with Anxiety
67% of people who are addicted to opioids show symptoms of anxiety disorder.
6. Diseases can aggravate risks of Anxiety
People suffering from diseases such as respiratory or cardiovascular ailments, diabetes or any other chronic condition are at greater risks of developing anxiety disorder. 2-49% of people with congestive heart failure suffer from anxiety disorder. While Cancer patients have an anxiety rate of 15% to 23%.
7. People with Chronic Conditions have hive rate of Anxiety
People suffering from diabetes are more likely to suffer from anxiety disorder. Women suffering from chronic condition such as diabetes have higher rates of anxiety.
8. Traumatic Events can cause Anxiety Disorder
People who had a traumatic past have unusually higher level of anxiety. Globally, people with a history of traumatic events such as sexual abuse have an anxiety range of 2 to 82%.
9. Anxiety is linked with Pregnancy
Worldwide,pregnant and postpartum women have high rates of obsessive-compulsive disorder. This is more common in young mothers.
10. Various unprotected subgroups have higher anxiety rates
Subgroups such as gay, lesbians and bisexuals have a higher rate of anxiety. About 3-20% men and 3-39% women suffer from this condition.
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