A team of researchers led by Esme Fuller-Thomson of the University of Toronto presented some good news for anxiety disorders and generalized anxiety disorders (GAD). GAD was the subject of a mental health study conducted by Fuller-Thomson, which worked with more than 2,000 people. The subjects all had a history of GAD.
Esme Fuller-Thomson is a professor in the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the Factor-Inwentash School of Social Work and director of the Institute for Life course and aging at the University of Toronto. Over the past few decades, she has been involved in numerous studies on mental health, depression and anxiety.
The study looked at three levels of recovery in GAD and found that up to 72 percent of GAD patients had no mental health for at least one year. Fuller-Thomson said: “We are very pleased to learn that even GAD patients with anxiety disorders who have been suffering from anxiety disorders for a decade or more have achieved excellent mental health and well-being over the past year. “
“This study provides very promising information for individuals with anxiety disorders, their families, and health professionals,” Fuller-Thomson said, citing the study’s press release. Even in people suffering from years of illness, a full recovery is possible – or at least that’s what research seems to suggest.
A higher chance of good mental health
According to the requirements of the study, a person must do three things to be defined as “good mental health.” They need to…
High levelof social and mental health in the past month
Happiness or life satisfaction “almost every day” over the past month
No GAD and other symptoms of depression, at least in the past year no substance dependence and suicidal thoughts
The study shows that “many patients with anxiety disorders can reach CMH (full mental health). The study shows a range of “factors that seem to contribute to this process”, as follows:
No chronic insomnia
Easy handling of family activities
Use religion to deal with
Use spirituality to deal with
Have a confidant
Never had severe depression or material dependence
According to the study, “the presence and absence of disability had the greatest impact on the complete mental health relationship between anxiety in the subsample of the general population and people previously diagnosed with anxiety disorders.” “
Note: The total sample of the subjects exceeded 21,000 people. Of these, only 2,128 were identified as having a history of GAD. The study mentioned above uses Statistics Canada’s Community Health Survey Mental Health Data.