When people get physically injured, half of the battle to getting better is knowing exactly what caused the injury. For those who might be struggling with anxiety, it isn't always as easy figuring out what went wrong to get better; and according to a newly released study, the amount of people who experience anxiety is a lot more than you'd expect.
After a review done by University of Cambridge on existing scientific literature, women are twice as likely to suffer from anxiety. Individuals under the age of 35 are also at a greater risk of suffering from anxiety and it was found to be experienced predominantly by people who live in Western Europe and North America. The research also showed that people with other preexisting health conditions are more likely to suffer from anxiety as well.
The common mental illness is described as excessive worry or fear and a tendency to avoid stressful situations, like public speaking or social gatherings.
"Anxiety disorders can make life extremely difficult for some people and it is important for our health services to understand how common they are and which groups of people are at greatest risk," said Olivia Remes, one of the authors involved in the research.
Although the research can help health services better provide to the needs of the people within their respective communities, the research shows certain locations might not have had as high of quality of data to accurately represent the people.
"Anxiety disorders affect a lot of people and can lead to impairment, disability, and risk of suicide," said Dr. Louise Lafortune, Senior Research Associate at Cambridge Institute of Public Health. "Although many gorups have examined this important topic, significant gaps in research remain."
For example, the data from places with marginalized communities such as members of indigenous cultures who might not have participated in the data collection, are still members of society that could help better understand how this illness affects people.
The analysis also showed a possible correlation between anxiety disorders and members of the LGBT community, which could be grounds for important research in how this particular part of society might suffer from anxiety differently than people outside the community. With the identification of such problems within the data, future researchers could use the gaps as focal points to examine further.