Mental health charity claims that crying helps people to combat anxiety

A poll conducted for the mental charity Mind has shown that one in five people aged between 18 and 34 claim to have cried in the past week due to anxiety issues, while four out of five say they try to hide when they are feeling anxious.

Out of the 2,063 adults who responded, from all age groups, women were shown to be more likely to have cried because of anxiety than men.

However, women are also more likely to feel better about their issues, as a result of crying.

While two-fifths of men admitted to comfort eating as a way of managing their feelings of anxiety, 50 per cent of women claimed they used the same way to control their fears.

Interestingly, one in four people in the 18-34 age category felt that portraying their emotions was a sign of weakness, whereas only one in 10 people over the age of 55 felt the same way.

Mind said: “Anxiety has now become level with depression as one of the most common reasons for calls to Mind’s Infoline.

“In 2014/15 alone there were 6,087 calls about anxiety and panic attacks, which accounted for nearly one in six of all calls.

“Perhaps most worryingly, only half of people polled agreed that anxiety could be a mental health problem.

“In fact, nearly one in twenty people currently experiences anxiety on its own and one in 10 has mixed anxiety and depression.”

Mind has created a free guide to help people manage their stress and anxiety, claiming that crying is common and useful for dealing with problems.

For more information, text ANXIETY to 70660.

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