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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.

Hopefully, you find this information helpful. If you are looking for treatment for anxiety, contact us at MonerAlo


Imagine a situation: you are attending a party and you spend your entire time thinking about how others are judging you- your dress, your social manners, your words, everything. You keep on judging yourself from the perspective of others.

This is how a person with Social Anxiety Disorder feels like. This is an extremely common condition and often, the most misunderstood. Social anxiety Disorder or Social Phobia is an extreme discomfort during any social interaction accompanied by a fear of being judged by others. Here are a few things that you didn’t know about this condition:

1. It is common

Social Anxiety Disorder is one of the most common mental disorders.

2. It has physical symptoms

Social anxiety disorder affects a person both mentally and physically. The person might experience physical symptoms such as nausea, shortness of breath, increased heart rate, shaking, and headache. This is more prominent during a panic attack.

3. It is linked to your genes

Biological factors are also responsible for such disorder. The genetic traits of the parents significantly influence the way your brain will feel and regulate shyness, anxiety, and stress.

4. It is more common in developed countries

Compared to developing nations, Anxiety Disorder, especially social anxiety disorder is more common in developed countries. The United States of America has the most number of people suffering from Social Anxiety Disorder. About 15 million people in America suffer from Social Anxiety Disorder. A person has 13% chance of developing this disorder throughout his/her lifetime.

5. Social Anxiety disorder is not Shyness

Many people mistake shyness for Social Anxiety disorder. There is a huge difference between shyness and this specific condition. While shy people might suffer from this condition, those person who are not shy can also suffer from this disorder. One of the major differences between Shyness and Social Anxiety Disorder is duration. While shyness is a passing phenomenon. Shy people may or may not feel anxiety once their initial concerns are taken care of.

6. Social Anxiety disorder can impact Teens

Teenagers usually suffer more from this disorder. According to Dr. Lisa Strohman, licensed clinical psychologist, teenagers tend to think that everyone is watching him/her. In such case, they become more conscious about themselves.

7. Life Experiences can trigger Social Anxiety disorder

People who are already shy and cautious by nature, become more shy and timid if they had negative experiences in life. People who are always criticised, tend to expect others to judge them always and as a result, they start to avoid contact with people.

8. Medication is beneficial for such condition

Anti-anxiety medicines  and antidepressants can help people with Social Anxiety disorder. These medicines reduce the intensity of the reactions in the patients.

This condition can be treated. Cognitive Behavioural Therapy is considered one of the best ways to treat this condition. If you or any of your loved one is seeking social anxiety treatment, get in touch with us today at Moner Alo with Dr Tirthankar Dasgupta

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