The topic that is common to all three articles is anxiety and how it affects an individual’s quality of life. Quality of life indicates the characteristics of life that make it satisfying and meaningful and include an individual’s mental health, physical health, social and emotional health. The three articles are ‘Quality of life in the anxiety disorders: A meta-analytic review’ by Bunmi O. Olatunji, ‘Quality of life impairment in generalized anxiety disorder, social phobia, and panic disorder’ by Terri L. Barrera and ‘Quality of life and anxiety and depressive disorder comorbidity’ by Melissa M. Norberg.
In the article ‘Quality of life in the anxiety disorders: A meta-analytic review’ by Bunmi O. Olatunji, the researchers suggest the arising interest in the impact of anxiety disorders on the quality of life of an individual. Therefore, in their study, in the meta-analytic review, the researchers empirically calculate the differences in quality of life between individuals with anxiety disorders and nonclinical controls participants. The researcher’s goals were to assess the quality of life between individuals with anxiety disorders and other individuals that deemed normal, and they also wanted to see if one specific anxiety disorder was related with considerably poorer quality of life over another anxiety disorder.
The results acquired through the study produced a large effect range which showed poorer quality of life among anxiety disorder individuals vs. the controls and this effect was observed throughout all anxiety disorders. The researchers also observed that no anxiety disorder was associated with drastically poorer quality of life than any other anxiety disorder. The relevance of this study was to highlight the effects of anxiety on an individual’s quality of life and bring to attention that treatment plans should include more than just controlling symptoms of anxiety.