Study Shows Women are Twice as Anxious As Men—Here's Why

Kelsey Clark

A new worldwide study found that women are twice as likely as men to have anxiety, partly because we're believed to have twice as much to be anxious about. Anxiety can be loosely defined as "feelings of worry, fear and unease which persist for a long time and become overwhelming, affecting everyday life," according to BBC News.

Researchers from the University of Cambridge found that while both genders suffered from high levels anxiety at ages 35 and under, women were significantly more prone to excessive worry, fear, and nervousness than men. Pregnant women and new moms displayed the highest levels of anxious behavior, most notably, obsessive-compulsive disorder. It can be assumed that anxiety disorder is more of a problem for women living in North America: Every eight in 100 people on the continent suffer from anxiety, as compared to the worldwide average of four out of 100.

Some experts believe this is due to the dual role women tend to take on both at work and at home. According to Olivia Remes of the Department of Pubilc Health and Primary Care at the University of Cambridge, "This could be because of hormonal fluctuations or because women are more prone to stress in general, or because of their traditional role of caring for the young." Experts recommend meditation, cognitive behavioral therapy as administered by a therapist, physical exercise, self-help books, and a healthy lifestyle free of alcohol and drugs to mitigate anxiety symptoms.

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