Women and Anxiety Disorders: What You Need to Know

Listen up, lawomen and anxietydies! Anxiety disorders are the most common mental illnesses affecting Americans – and females are most at risk. In fact, from the time a girl reaches puberty until about age 50, she is twice as likely to have an anxiety disorder as a man, according to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA). Brain chemistry, hormonal fluctuations, and how women cope with stress are to blame, say researchers. There’s also evidence that early life adversity, such as childhood sexual or physical abuse, predisposes women to the development of anxiety disorders later in life.

Signs of Anxiety Disorders
The symptoms of an anxiety disorder will vary depending on your disorder – whether generalized anxiety disorder, social anxiety disorder, phobias, panic disorder, or PTSD, for example. However, the following signs are a good indicator that you or someone you love needs to talk to a healthcare professional.

  • Excessive worry about everyday things – big and small
  • Trouble sleeping due to anxiety over a specific problem, or nothing in particular
  • An irrational fear – of flying, crowds, or animals, for example
  • Persistent muscle tension caused by clenching your jaw, balling your fists, or flexing muscles throughout your body
  • Chronic digestive troubles, for example indigestion or irritable bowel syndrome
  • Days or even weeks of worry leading up to a social event
  • Anxiety over everyday situations, like eating and drinking in front of a small group of people or holding a one-on-one conversation
  • Panic attacks or a gripping feeling of fear followed by physical symptoms like pounding chest, sweating, dizziness, and stomach pain
  • Flashbacks of a traumatic or disturbing event
  • Perfectionism or fear of making mistakes
  • Persistent self-doubt or second-guessing yourself

Help for Addiction and Anxiety
Are you or someone you love self-medicating to alleviate the symptoms of anxiety disorder? At AJ’s Amethyst House, we can transition you safely through alcohol and drug detoxification in order to increase your chances of long-term sobriety and mental health. To learn more, call 855-221-1717, or fill out our confidential contact form.

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