HONG KONG, March 3 (UPI) -- More than 110,000 people in Hong Kong suffer from constant anxiety, causing economic losses of $58 million per year, a university survey indicates.
A survey released Wednesday by the Health Center at the Chinese University of Hong Kong showed about 4 percent of the city's population suffers from unrelieved anxiety. The survey of 3,304 people was conducted by telephone, according to the Chinese-language newspaper Ming Pao.
The common symptoms cited by the sufferers included tiredness, distraction, hot temper, insomnia, muscle pain and inability to feel at peace. At least three of these symptoms should be present for more than six months for anyone to be diagnosed as suffering from anxiety.
The surveyors calculated the economic losses based on the assumption that these people are less productive at work than those who are healthy.
Major causes of anxiety in Hong Kong, in addition to the high pressure and fast pace of big-city life, are difficulties resulting from the economic slump that has hit the city since 2000.