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Women & Stress: It’s Not All in our Minds

woman stressedA major new study has found that women are twice as likely as men to suffer from severe stress and anxiety which is likely due to the pressures of managing work and family.

The Daily Mail is reporting on the study, conducted at Cambridge University and published in the journal, Brain and Behavior, which reviewed 48 studies from around the world. Researchers concluded that women are 1.9 times more likely to suffer from stress and anxiety as men, which could be the result of women having to juggle work, family, children, all of which can lead to mental burn-out.

“Anxiety disorders can make life extremely difficult for some people and it is important for our health services to understand how common they are and which groups of people are at greatest risk,” said study leader Olivia Remes, of the Department of Public Health and Primary Care.

“By collecting all the data together, we see that these disorders are common across all groups, but women and young people are disproportionately affected.”

The team believes social changes may be behind this worrying trend

“While in the past women were more likely to stay at home and be responsible for the family, they are now more likely to hold down a job while also bringing up children,” Remes said. “Women are more likely to have employment now than in the past, but also more likely to look after the family and elderly or disabled relatives. The burden of all these things falls to women.”

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Remes also believes there could be links to the psychological differences between the sexes.

“When women are subjected to stress they are more likely to internalize it and develop anxiety,” she said. “They tend to ruminate about what has gone wrong. Whereas men externalize – they react, and this means they are more likely to develop other problems, such as alcohol or drug issues.”

Co-author Dr. Louise Lafortune agrees and says biological differences such as brain chemistry and hormones could also be factors.

The bottom line is that anxiety disorders “affect a lot of people and can lead to impairment, disability, and risk of suicide,” Dr. Lafortune said. “Although many groups have examined this important topic, significant gaps in research remain.”

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