8 June 2016: New research shows the startling global prevalence of anxiety

New research shows the startling global prevalence of anxiety.

The nightmare of suffering from anxiety is often overlooked with considerably more attention being given to depression and mood concerns. However, anxiety and depression are often interlinked and co-occur.

New published research, led from researchers at the Department of Public Health and Primary Care, Cambridge University has been published in the Journal of Brain and Behaviour. It highlights the startling worldwide prevalence of anxiety disorders capturing lots of media attention.

The research carefully examined 48 reviews on prevalence studies conducted across the globe; the first review to undertake such a comprehensive synthesis of the systematic reviews conducted to date on the prevalence of anxiety disorders. It provides a comprehensive, up-to-date summary of the state of knowledge in this area and concluded that “there was emerging and compelling evidence of substantial prevalence of anxiety disorders generally” (ranging from 4–25%). It found it was much higher: in women (5-9%); young adults (2.5–9%); people with chronic diseases (1–70%); and individuals from Euro/Anglo cultures (4-10%).