Sensory loss in women twice as likely to lead to depression

March 28, 2021 09:34 STI

Cambridge [UK], March 28 (ANI): The results of a new study from Anglia Ruskin University (ARU) suggest that women who suffer from vision, hearing or double sensory loss are more than twice as likely to report depression and anxiety than men who suffer from depression and anxiety. the same problems.
The research, which was published in the International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, looked at survey data from more than 23,000 adults, where participants self-reported whether they had suffered from depression or anxiety, and also whether they had had vision, hearing or dual sensory impairment (both visual and auditory).
Across the sample, the prevalence of depression and anxiety was between 2 and 2.56 higher in women than in men.

Women with dual sensory impairments were almost three and a half times more likely to report depression or anxiety than those without any impairment, while men with dual sensory impairments were more than two and a half times more likely to have depression, and almost twice as likely to report anxiety as people without disabilities.
Lead author Professor Shahina Pardhan, Director of the ARU Vision and Eye Research Institute, said: “Our study found that while sensory loss, especially loss of vision and d hearing, leads to a greater number of people reporting depression and anxiety, the association is particularly strong in women.
“This underscores the importance of interventions to combat vision and hearing loss, especially in women. Some sensory losses are preventable or treatable, and clearly these problems have adverse consequences not only on physical health, but also on mental health. ” (ANI)