According to a study conducted by the University of Cambridge, women who have good coping skills can more easily manage and reduce their anxiety levels. The study found that women, who had the skills to deal with all the difficulties life throws at them and manage day to day challenges effectively had significantly reduced anxiety levels compared to women who did not have the same skills. This finding shows the potential of teaching coping skills as a treatment option for people who are dealing with Generalized Anxiety Disorder.
The Study Finds Anxiety Levels Lowered By Good Coping Skills
This study is the largest ever conducted on the relationship between anxiety and the ability for some people to cope better than others. The research team conducted a survey of 10,000 women over the age of 40.
The survey involved detailed health and lifestyle questionnaires that looked at the state of the woman’s mental and physical health. Another part of the survey had the women fill out another questionnaire on their purpose and meaning of life.
The research team then checked each woman’s background against census data taken in 1991, with the goal of determining if her upbringing was deprived or not.
Out of the 10,000 participants, 261 were found with Generalized Anxiety Disorder. Those who grew up in deprived environments were twice as likely to have anxiety than those who grew up in affluent circumstances.
A key finding of the survey was that women who had good coping skills had much lower levels of anxiety compared to those who had poor coping skills. And, it didn’t matter if that person came from an affluent or deprived background.
Coping skills can be taught and that holds the potential of teaching those skills to people with GAD. It would be an treatment option that could be used in place of or in conjunction with medications.
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