The stresses of modern living affect everyone in one way or another, whether reflected in our own mental states or the health of those around us. As a result, anxiety is becoming much more commonplace, and a new study now reveals that women are twice as likely to experience it over men.
6.8 million adults in the U.S. experience a form of general anxiety disorder (GAD), described by the Anxiety and Depression Association of America as “persistent, excessive, and unrealistic worry about everyday things.” Around eight in every hundred Americans experiences anxiety on a daily basis, which is a vast contrast to East Asia, where the number is less than three.
This latest study, published in Brain and Behavior, hails from researchers at University of Cambridge. They undertook a comprehensive exam of existing literature on the topic of anxiety, reviewing 48 journal articles in total. Their findings uncovered that not only do women have a greater chance of experiencing anxiety, but that people in Western Europe and North America were also much more prone to it as well.
People who suffer from additional health complaints are also more likely to experience an anxiety disorder. The study found that in Western countries, one in ten adults (10.9%) with cardiovascular disease are affected by generalised anxiety disorder. It’s people living with multiple sclerosis who are most affected, with as many as one in three patients (32%) also having an anxiety disorder.
In the principles of Chinese medicine, when we do differential diagnosis, the root of anxiety and the way we most commonly treat is to improve the circulation to the heart. For thousands of years the Chinese Medical tradition has treated the heart health to alleviate anxiety.
“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 article author, Olivia Remes from the Department of Public Health and Primary Care at the University of Cambridge.
“By collecting all these data together, we see that these disorders are common across all groups, but women and young people are disproportionately affected. Also, people who have a chronic health condition are at a particular risk, adding a double burden on their lives.”
Here at the Acupuncture & Wellness Center we treat around 20-30 patients per day for anxiety and a number of other emotional conditions, with tremendous success. The key to our success is in addressing ALL chronic patterns of dysfunction. With these problems out of the way the body doesn’t have to work as hard and thus a natural relaxation occurs for the whole body system.This results in an overall boost across the board in physiologic functioning of the patient and can thus help to alleviate general anxiety.
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