Exploring the Self-Reported Well-Being Attributes in Anxiety and Depression
Subjective well-being (SWB) is one of the direct measures of our mental health and overall wellbeing. Our objective was to explore whether, the factors that contribute to our sense of well-being could also correlate with prevalence and severity of anxiety and depression. We used an anonymous online survey and recruited 416 study subjects using social media as the main method of recruitment. We gathered demographic information, self-reported anxiety and depression as well GAD-7 and PHQ-9 questionnaire for evaluating anxiety and depression, assessed several well-being attributes, and SWB. The overall sense of subjective well-being and most well-being attributes in our study were negatively associated with both self-reported and objective assessment of anxiety and depression. In addition, the household income showed a negative correlation with the prevalence of anxiety and depression. In this study, we showed that SWB, and several well-being attributes that contribute to the sense of overall contentment, are negatively affected in those with anxiety and depression. We also showed that household income was negatively correlated with the prevalence of anxiety and depression. Recognizing the specifics of the disturbed personality traits could open a new horizon for helping these individuals using more specific forms of psychological interventions.
Subjective Wellbeing, Anxiety, Depression, Happiness, Survey
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