These Are the Biggest Risk Factors for Anxiety
New research highlights five circumstances that up your risk.
Do you ever feel like you worry a lot more than those around you? While some degree of anxiousness is totally normal, for some people the feeling can become unbearable and might even indicate that you have an anxiety disorder. Now, a new research review published in Brain and Behavior sheds some light on who might be most at risk: women and people under the age of 35, in particular, according to the findings.
For the study, researchers from the University of Cambridge analyzed 48 existing studies to get a more complete understanding of who experiences anxiety across the globe. “Anxiety disorders can make life extremely difficult for some people,” study author Olivia Remes said in a statement. “It is important for our health services to understand how common they are and which groups of people are at greatest risk.”
Researchers categorized anxiety disorders as “excessive worry, fear, and a tendency to avoid potentially stressful situations including social gatherings.” According to the study anxiety is most likely to manifest as generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) or phobia. Though less common, anxiety can also manifest as panic disorder, a disorder that affects 1.2 percent of the population globally. Here, the five groups of people who are most likely to develop anxiety during their lifetime.