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Who Gets Anxiety? Understanding the Prevalence, Risk Factors, and Solutions

Updated: Sep 8, 2023




Did you know that 301 million people are living with an anxiety disorder? Moreover, anxiety can start at a young age, with 58 million children and adolescents having anxiety according to the World Health Organization in 2019. But who gets anxiety, and why? In this article, we will explore the prevalence and risk factors for anxiety. Moreover, we will also discuss evidence-based methods for managing anxiety, such as hypnotherapy.


301 million people are living with an anxiety disorder, with 58 million being children and adolescents


While anyone can develop anxiety, some groups are more likely to be affected than others. According to research conducted by Cambridge University, women are twice as likely as men to have an anxiety disorder. Other groups at higher risk include:


  • Individuals under the age of 35

  • People with chronic health diseases

  • People from Euro/Anglo cultures


Some people get so used to having anxiety that they believe there is no way to change and experience life without anxiety. However, many proven strategies exist that can help you move toward a life with peace of mind, such as:


  • Regular exercise

  • Healthy eating

  • Stress management techniques such as meditation or deep breathing

  • Getting enough sleep


Moreover, it’s important to seek professional help from a mental health provider, who can assess your symptoms and develop a treatment plan tailored to your needs. Treatment may include therapy, medication, or a combination of both.


While there are many approaches to treating anxiety, one method that has gained popularity in recent years is hypnotherapy. Hypnotherapy is a type of therapy that uses hypnosis to help individuals achieve a state of deep relaxation and increased suggestibility. Hypnotherapy can be used to treat a range of conditions, including anxiety.


84% of participants who underwent hypnotherapy had reduced anxiety


Studies have shown that hypnotherapy can be an effective tool for managing anxiety. In one study published in the American Journal of Clinical Hypnosis, researchers found that hypnotherapy reduced anxiety in patients with generalized anxiety disorder. Another study published in the International Journal of Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis found that about 84% of participants who underwent hypnotherapy had reduced anxiety. In my practice, I have treated many individuals who feel anxious and have helped them regain confidence, fulfillment, and peace of mind within 1-3 sessions.


If you’re interested in trying hypnotherapy, it is essential to work with a qualified hypnotherapist who can tailor the treatment to your individual needs. Many hypnotherapists offer a complimentary consultation call to gauge fit and answer any questions you may have. However, the most important thing is feeling safe with your counsellor. This is especially the case for those who feel anxious, as anxiety often stems from fear. Part of the treatment requires the feeling of safety, as safety can be the bridge that allows you to overcome your anxieties.


safety can be the bridge that allows you to overcome your anxieties


Overall, anxiety is a common condition affecting people from all walks of life. If you are suffering from constant worries, stressors, and other symptoms caused by anxiety, know that you are not alone. By understanding the risk factors and seeking help when needed, you can take steps to manage anxiety, take back control, and improve your quality of life.


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