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Why are anxiety disorders among women on the rise?

Our busy modern lives, societal pressures could be part of the problem.
Excerpts from article by By Shaun Dreisbach, Glamour.
As for the rise in anxiety, experts point to a range of factors. “There is a sense that the world is not as safe as it used to be, and that creates a lot of anxiety,” says Leahy. In any given day, he argues, women worry about environmental hazards, their job security, the odds of their boyfriend cheating (see: Tiger and Jesse James). “There’s so much stressful news that it starts to take a toll on you,” says Susan Nolen-Hoeksema, Ph.D., a professor of psychology at Yale University who specializes in stress and women’s health.


Asked by tasches at 7:04 PM on Oct. 15, 2010 in Health

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  • I think anxiety disorders are on the rise because women are seeking treatment and because they are being diagnosed more. Women that have anxiety often have depression and in the past they may have only been diagnosed and treated for depression. Now they are more likely to be diagnosed with both disorders. There is less social sitigma associated with anxiety so women suffering from anxiety feel free to talk about it.


    Answer by Gailll at 7:22 PM on Oct. 15, 2010

  • Becuase we are over saturated with ideas and images of perfection that we are expected to obtain, not knowing that it's all a marketing scam from shampoo, cosmetic, clothing, pefume and live your best life companies. The more we learn to value ourselves and our natural abilities, the more we will be able to fight these notions and live in peace with ourselves and maybe one another.

    Answer by silversmom at 7:22 PM on Oct. 15, 2010

  • Are our modern lives really that much more stressful? “The answer appears to be yes,” says anxiety researcher Jean Twenge, Ph.D., a professor at San Diego State University and author of "Generation Me." “Anxiety rates have risen steadily over the past seven decades, during good economic times and bad.”

    She believes the rise is related to a cultural shift, over the last 70 years, away from “intrinsic” values—appreciating things like close relationships and having a real love for your work—toward more “extrinsic” ones, like money and status.

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    Comment by tasches (original poster) at 7:05 PM on Oct. 15, 2010