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Anxiety and Gender: Who Is More At Risk?

Jul 25, 2008
It is a common stereotype for females to be considered as the worriers and males to be considered as care free and stress-less. The fact of the matter is, anxiety doesn't know gender and is an ordinary feeling for everyone. In reality, anxiety isn't always considered to be a bad thing. Anxiety helps us to steer clear of harm, accident or danger.

Nevertheless, even though anxiety can help us be safe physically, it can take us on an emotional roller coaster that nobody wants to be on. When anxiety develops into an ever-present, chronic condition it can be unbearable and incapacitating. The symptoms for this kind of condition can be anything from phobia, depression, compulsion, lack of appetite, sleeping disorders and panic attacks. None of these sound like something that anybody wants to experience, but anxiety attacks everyone. Even so, women are twice as likely to experience these symptoms and suffer from anxiety disorders.

Author and social worker Jerilyn Ross, who is known for giving hope to those that suffer from anxiety states, "when anxiety becomes disproportionate to the situation and leads to avoidance of the fear-inducing situation and other undesirable consequences, it should be assessed." Once it has been assessed and if it is determined that you suffer from anxiety, there is still hope to get rid of it forever. She also agrees that women are more likely to suffer from anxiety than men. Why is this the case?

There are a number of factors that have been suggested to explain why women suffer more than men with anxiety. These factors include both social and biological reasons. For example, social factors consist of the many expectations women have regarding marriage, the upbringing of children, the responsibilities associated with being a mom, and the idea that they are expected to help others and bear their burdens. Many times, this often leads to the neglect of their own personal needs, which leads to many symptoms associated with anxiety.

Because of this, many experts agree that because women are generally less aggressive than men they often suppress their stress, which over time builds up until it is made visible through anxiety and panic. There are also a number of physical and biological changes that women go through which may contribute to their anxiety. For example, men don't have to experience many mood changing factors including menstruation, pregnancy and menopause. All of these effect hormones and ultimately mood. However, all of these factors are merely speculation and the exact cause for anxiety is unknown. It can be said that it is assumed that the aforementioned factors contribute to anxiety but may not be the exact cause.

If you are suffering from anxiety or panic attacks, be optimistic and realize that there is hope for recovery. There are a number of treatments that have been proven to work, and one of them might just be the right treatment for you.
About the Author
Bart Icles is a writer and looks to help those struggling with anxiety to find natural anxiety cures. For more information or to find tips for panic attacks, visit www.TheDeathOfAnxiety.com
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