Women More Likely to Suffer from Anxiety Disorders than Men: Global Review


Published Date : Jun 07, 2016

A global review by a team of researchers at Cambridge University reveals that women are almost twice as likely to experience anxiety compared to men. And not just women, but people with health problems and those under the age of 35 are also significantly affected. 

North America Worst Affected, Study Finds

The study estimates that four in every 100 individuals experience anxiety. The review comprises 48 published pieces of work, which suggest that in order to find out the other groups or communities that are at a higher risk of suffering from anxiety, more research needs to be conducted. The global review has been published in the Brain and Behavior journal and finds that over 60 million individuals in several European Union countries are affected by various anxiety disorders each year. With eight in 100 people being affected by anxiety, North America is presently the worst affected region. East Asia, on the other hand, is the least impacted with three in every 100 people at risk. Between the decade of 1990 and 2010, the proportion of individuals affected by this mental health issue remained relatively constant and unlike depression, this was a problem that was not researched as much.

Anxiety Just as Debilitating as Depression, Review Author States

Olivia Remes, one of the authors of the review from the University of Cambridge’s department of public health and primary care, states that life could become extremely difficult for people suffering from anxiety disorders. The focus has so far been only on depression, which is important, no doubt. However, anxiety is just as debilitating and can result in the development of several other psychiatric disorders. It could also increase the tendency of suicidal thoughts or actions. Anxiety is also associated with rising costs to the society. Remes stresses that it has become imperative for health services to understand the growing prevalence of anxiety disorders and find out which are the communities at highest risk.