Whites more anxious than blacks

(UPI) Non-Hispanic whites had higher rates of generalized anxiety disorder than African-Americans and Afro-Caribbeans in the United States, researchers say.

Jose Soto of the Pennsylvania State University said generalized anxiety disorder may manifest in chronic worrying, intrusive thoughts and difficulty concentrating, and physical symptoms such as tension headaches, extreme fatigue and ulcers.

“One interesting finding from the study is that non-racial discrimination seems to be associated with the development of generalized anxiety disorder for all three groups in the sample,” Soto said in a statement. “More than 7 percent of whites reported incidents of racial discrimination, but about 49 percent of non-Hispanic whites said they suffered other forms of discrimination — age and gender.”

African-Americans who reported increased instances of racial discrimination had significantly higher odds of suffering generalized anxiety disorder.

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