IMPACT OF LIFESTYLE ON THE OCCURRENCE OF ANXIETY AMONGST THE RESIDENTS OF UNITED ARAB EMIRATES


Muaed Jamal Alomar, Amal Mohamed Abdi, Sumaiya Zaman, Hanadi Mohamed Abdi, Ma. Francheska Quicho

Abstract


Objective: To investigate the effect of lifestyle on the occurrence of anxiety. Also, to study the determinants of the severity of anxiety.

Methods: A cross-sectional survey was carried out on 100 randomly selected participants.

Results: Many factors were taken into consideration in this study including gender, age, occupational status, marital status, eating habits, physical activity, psychological stress, sleep patterns, medications and smoking habits. Subanalysis of some of the results showed a statistical significance of different aspects of lifestyle affecting levels of anxiety. According to the results found, the lifestyle factors that have significance in the severity of anxiety are psychological stress, exercising, and regularity of exercising (Pearson’s Chi-Square test: P<0.001, Pearson’s R: P=0.027, Spearman Correlation: P=0.045 respectively). About 50% of participants that stated they have some kind of psychological stress fell within the range of severe to very severe anxiety. The majority of those who exercise (39%) fall in the normal range of anxiety, and the majority of those who do not exercise (34%) are in the very severe anxiety range. Among the 14 participants that stated they exercise every day, 46% of them were in the normal range of anxiety while none of them was in the very-severe range. Also, those who exercise a few times a month are ranged more in the severe anxiety level than those who exercise every day.

Conclusion: Certain lifestyle factors affect the levels of anxiety in various ways. This research clearly identified that a significant percentage of people who have any sort of psychological stress and do not exercise regularly are at a higher risk of developing or deteriorating anxiety.


Keywords


Anxiety, Lifestyle, DASS42

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Title

IMPACT OF LIFESTYLE ON THE OCCURRENCE OF ANXIETY AMONGST THE RESIDENTS OF UNITED ARAB EMIRATES

Keywords

Anxiety, Lifestyle, DASS42

DOI

10.22159/ijpps.2018v10i2.21241

Date

01-02-2018

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Journal

International Journal of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences
Vol 10, Issue 2, 2018 Page: 153-156

Online ISSN

0975-1491

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Authors & Affiliations

Muaed Jamal Alomar
College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences - Ajman University
United Arab Emirates

Amal Mohamed Abdi
College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences - Ajman University
United Arab Emirates

Sumaiya Zaman
College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences - Ajman University
United Arab Emirates

Hanadi Mohamed Abdi
College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences - Ajman University
United Arab Emirates

Ma. Francheska Quicho
College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences - Ajman University
United Arab Emirates


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