According to the several studies in the global south anxiety seems to be a western problem.
Unfortunately , during this COVID-19 era it seems to have explode within the borders.
The believes and perceptions which have been long held are currently being dismantled by the evidence being experienced by citizen s of these nations.
Most countries have started to craft policies geared towards addressing mental health issues. But unfortunately, they are still bound by the charity model of thinking and not ensuring the human right based model is adopted as enshrined in the UNCRPd.
You’ve probably heard about anxiety many times, but what does it actually mean to experience it? Anxiety is a common mental health problem that refers
to being in a persistent state of worry or displaying excessive amounts of fear. Everyone worries about things now and again, but to suffer from anxiety
means that worrying has a debilitating impact on your daily life.
Most African countries are now reporting increase in gender-based violence and suicide cases [UN 2020 WHO 20220[.
Anxiety disorders are the most common mental health problem in the world, with the World Health Organization (WHO) suggesting that
1 in 13 people globally suffer from an anxiety disorder.
So, if you’re dealing with one, know that you’re absolutely not alone. Anxiety is more prevalent in women and young people, which could be for a number
of reasons. While women are twice as likely to be diagnosed with anxiety than men,
7.2% of 5-19-year-olds experience an anxiety condition.
To find out more about young people suffering from mental health conditions such as anxiety you just need to see the social and economic inequalities which they are experiencing. According to the KBS 2019 39 % of the youth in Kenya are unemployed.
Symptoms of anxiety
Symptoms of anxiety will vary depending on the disorder, but most anxiety conditions will involve several or most of the symptoms detailed below. The following
symptoms will be most accurate in depicting people suffering from Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD).
list of 11 items
• Feeling light-headed or dizzy
• Sweating or feeling hot
• Increased heart rate
• Panic attacks
• Gastrointestinal problems
• Rapid breathing or hyperventilation
• Nausea or painful stomach
• Aches and pains in your body
• Feeling weak and tired
• Changes in sex drive
list of 8 items
• Feeling nervous, irritable, or tense
• Low mood and depression
• Experiencing a sense of impending danger or fearing the worst
• Constantly worrying about things
• Needing reassurance from other people
• Feeling like everyone is watching you
• Derealization: a form of disassociation where you feel like the world isn’t real or you’re not connected to it
• Depersonalization: a form of disassociation where you don’t feel connected to yourself, as if you’re watching yourself from an outside perspective
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Mugambi Paul is a public policy, diversity, inclusion and sustainability expert.
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