Women are more likely than men to suffer from almost every type of anxiety disorder including Generalised Anxiety Disorder (GAD), panic disorder, social anxiety disorder, agoraphobia and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). There are a number of theories and scientific explanations for the higher prevalence of anxiety disorders in women compared to men.
The hormonal changes that occur throughout a woman’s monthly cycle have been found to change the levels of anxiety experienced and a woman’s vulnerability to stress and external pressures.
It is statistically proven that women are more likely to be subjected to sexual abuse and violence as both children and adults. These experiences have been scientifically proven to lead to long-term anxiety and potentially a diagnosis of post traumatic stress disorder.
It is culturally recognised that women multi-task and take responsibility for numerous roles including mother, worker, cleaner, support network to other people. Subsequently, there is more acceptance that they become stressed and suffer from anxiety. Additionally, women are more likely than men to seek medical help to overcome the symptoms of anxiety.