Generalised anxiety disorder affects around 5% of the population, most commonly between the ages 35-59. There are many risk factors that increase the chances of suffering from generalised anxiety disorder. Women seem to be twice as likely to suffer from generalised anxiety disorder as compared to men.¹ Those suffering from chronic medical illnesses or alcohol and tobacco abuse also have a higher risk. Other specific risk factors include:
¹Kessler, R.C., Gruber, M., Hettema, J.M., Hwang, I., Sampson, N. and Yonkers, K.A., 2008. Co-morbid major depression and generalised anxiety disorders in the National Comorbidity Survey follow-up. Psychological medicine, 38(3), pp.365-374.
²Khan, A.A., Jacobson, K.C., Gardner, C.O., Prescott, C.A. and Kendler, K.S., 2005. Personality and comorbidity of common psychiatric disorders. The British Journal of Psychiatry, 186(3), pp.190-196.
³(2018). 'Overview - Generalised anxiety disorder in adults.' NHS. 19 December. Available at<https://www.nhs.uk/mental-health/conditions/generalised-anxiety-disorder/overview/>
⁴Safren, S.A., Gershuny, B.S., Marzol, P., Otto, M.W. and Pollack, M.H., 2002. History of childhood abuse in panic disorder, social phobia, and generalized anxiety disorder. The Journal of nervous and mental disease, 190(7), pp.453-456
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