Generalized Anxiety Disorder Demographics

 While anyone can have generalized anxiety disorder, there are GAD gender differences. For example, women are twice as likely as men to have an anxiety disorder in their lifetime.

Generalized anxiety disorder also affects particular demographics of women more than others. For example, more American Indian/Alaskan Native women have GAD compared to other ethnicities and races. Compared to Asian or African-American women, GAD affects white women more significantly.

Prevalence of Generalized Anxiety Disorder

 It’s normal for everyone to experience situational anxiety at different points in their life.  Anxiety becomes problematic when it leads to ongoing distress and impairs daily functionality.

Among mental health issues and disorders, anxiety disorders are the most common in the United States.

According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), an estimated 40 million adults in the U.S. have an anxiety disorder. This number doesn’t specifically refer to the generalized anxiety disorder prevalence, but it does provide an overview of the commonality of anxiety disorders. In children and teens, an estimated eight percent are believed to have anxiety disorders. For many people, symptoms begin to develop before they are 21-years- old.

Regarding generalized anxiety disorder specifically, it’s reported to affect 6.8 million adults in the U.S., according to information provided by the ADAA. When discussing generalized anxiety disorder demographics and statistics, it’s of importance to note it’s the most common cause of workplace disability in the United States.

Learn surprising facts and statistics about generalized anxiety disorder.

 Generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) is a mental health condition characterized by specific symptoms. These symptoms include ongoing and excessive worry about different concerns. The worry isn’t limited to one particular reason or source.

When someone has generalized anxiety disorder, they may worry about health, their family, relationships, work, money or other matters. The sense of worry feels out of control for the person experiencing it and someone’s worry may be out of proportion to actual events or it could be linked to no specific reason at all.

A diagnosis of GAD means that someone has a sense of worry that’s uncontrollable or difficult to control for at least six months according to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA). Other possible symptoms of generalized anxiety may include:

  • Feeling irritable or edgy
  • A sense of nervousness
  • The feeling of impending doom, danger or panic
  • Rapid heart rate and breathing
  • Sweating
  • Trembling
  • Feeling tired or fatigued
  • Concentration problems
  • Sleep disturbances
  • Gastrointestinal symptoms

Generalized anxiety disorders statistics and facts tend to showcase how pervasive this mental health issue is. People may feel alone when they live with an anxiety disorder until they learn more about generalized anxiety statistics and how common it is.

Zambia: Resident High Court Judges to Boost Enhance Justice Delivery

 ARTICLE 120(4) of the Zambian Constitution states that the courts, except the Supreme Court and the Constitutional Court, shall be devolved to the provinces and progressively to districts.

The purpose of the provision is to ensure that court services are gradually decentralized and brought to the users in the provinces and ultimately the districts.

It is all about facilitating physical access to courts by the people of Zambia in the provinces and districts.

This was in fulfilment of the broader concept of access to justice.

Chief Justice Mumba Malila in his inaugural address to Judiciary staff on December 22, 2021 spoke on the need to increase access to justice for all.

This was principally because access to justice was not merely a right in itself - it was the key enabler for making other fundamental rights realisable.

For the longest time in its short existence as a nation state, High Court was serviced by resident judges at Livingstone, Lusaka, Kabwe, Ndola and Kitwe.

In short, other provincial capitals such as Solwezi of North-western Province, Western Province, Eastern Province, Northern Province, Muchinga Province and indeed in Luapula Province had no resident judge or judge in-charge.

The reason for the absence of resident High Court judges in those areas is among other things lack of resources, unavailability of court infrastructure and inadequate volumes of litigation at that level to justify the cost of placing resident judges.

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