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Anxiety & Women

Posted on: November 12, 2008


Do you ever find yourself worried or stressed with your tasks during the day and see your male friend, boyfriend or co-worker have similar problems but doesn’t stress as easily? Studies have shown that women are known to be the more emotional sex when compared to men and now studies have shown that women are prone to more anxiety. This isn’t a study based on the average day of a woman and her experiences at work, school or home, but actual scientific research that states women are genetically prone to worry more.

According to the Anxiety Disorders Association of America, women are twice as likely to worry as men. Dr. Patrice Harris, who was featured in a CNN article about women and anxiety, states “Early research suggests that men and women are wired differently,” she explains, but, “the other thing that probably accounts for those numbers might be hormones.”The jury’s still out definitively,” she says, “but some of the reproductive hormones, such as progesterone and estrogen, have been implicated in anxiety.” Even problems with your thyroid glands can cause worry some emotions.

Psych Central.com states that women are more likely to have physical and/or emotional abuse during their lifetime; this can definitely cause long-term anxiety. Other research states when women’s menstrual cycles may have a part. When women’s amount of estrogen and progesterone decrease, research has shown that PMS can cause women to be more anxious.

Ashley-Nicole Weatherington


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