Anxiety: The Gender Disparity

Anxiety: The Gender Disparity
By Catherine Ferreira

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Studies have shown that gender differences in anxiety vary not only in prevalence, but in the severity of the disability. Anxiety disorders of almost every kind have been proven to have a more crippling effect on women than on men (McLean et. al. 2011). Potential reasons for this may include the responsibilities women have in addition to working—that is, taking care of children, home keeping and nursing the elderly. All this, combined with the stress of working a full-time job, has had a devastating effect on the state of women’s mental health. It is no surprise, then, that women, more than men, report greater levels of anxiety and depression.

This does not mean, however, that women are doomed to a life of misery. Measures can be taken to prevent or alleviate these mental health issues. If you or someone you know is suffering from anxiety or depression and need diagnosis or treatment, the licensed professional psychiatrists, psychologists, psychiatric nurse practitioners and psychotherapists at Arista Counseling and Psychological Services can assist you. Contact our NJ or NY offices at (201) 368-3700 or (212) 722-1920 to set up an appointment. Visit http://www.acenterfortherapy.com for more.

McLean, C. P., Asnaani, A., Litz, B. T., & Hofmann, S. G. (2011). Gender Differences in Anxiety Disorders: Prevalence, Course of Illness, Comorbidity and Burden of Illness. Journal of Psychiatric Research, 45(8), 1027–1035. doi:10.1016/j.jpsychires.2011.03.006

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