Women are almost twice as likely to experience anxiety as men, according to a SPHR@cam systematic review.
The review, just published in Brain and Behavior, also highlighted how anxiety disorders often provide a double burden on people experiencing other health-related problems, such as heart disease, cancer and even pregnancy.
“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,” noted first author Olivia Remes. “By collecting all these data together, we see that these disorders are common across all groups, but women and young people are disproportionately affected.”
“Anxiety disorders affect a lot of people and can lead to impairment, disability, and risk of suicide,” added Dr Louise Lafortune, SPHR@cam’s Scientific Coordinator. “Although many groups have examined this important topic, significant gaps in research remain.”
Professor Carol Brayne, Director of the Cambridge Institute of Public Health, concluded: “We hope that, by identifying these gaps, future research can be directed towards these groups and include greater understanding of how such evidence can help reduce individual and population burdens.”