Traditionally, it has been perceived that men are subject to more stresses because of the various responsibilities that they face, which includes being the provider of the family. However, in recent times, this perception has changed, as women are now considered to lead more stressful lives. This is because of the appreciation that people now have with regard to the stresses that women are subjected to as a result of their responsibilities, which include keeping a job, taking care of the children, and maintaining a household. Apart from the list of responsibilities that women deal with, there is other evidence that proves the stressful lives that women lead. One of these is the incidence of anxiety disorders among women as a result of stress, which is twice as much as the incidence of anxiety disorders among men.
Anxiety Disorders that Women Suffer From
There are six categories of anxiety disorders in women, which include specific phobias, social phobias, post traumatic tress disorder (PTSD), obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), panic disorder, and generalized anxiety disorder (GAD). Women who suffer from specific phobias often exhibit uncontrollable reactions to objects or situations like spiders or heights. If left untreated, these phobias can lead to a person avoiding everyday activities or situations, which can be debilitating.
On the other hand, women who suffer from social phobias exhibit extreme anxiety caused by fear of being judged by other people, which can lead to avoidance behaviors. With regard to PTSD cases, the anxiety of women who suffer from them is a result of being reminded of a traumatic experience that caused them much anxiety. Unfortunately, this ‘reminder’ can have some debilitating effects as well.
Women who suffer from an OCD usually exhibit behavior that would make them perform repeated rituals or routines involuntarily. One example of this is when a woman repeatedly locks her doors to make sure that it is locked as a result of her fear that leaving it unlocked would lead to a burglary. With regard to GADs, women who suffer from them often exhibit excessive worrying about something for months at a time, while for panic disorders, women who suffer from them exhibit sever panic attacks for no apparent reason at all.
Contrary to popular opinion, women lead more stressful lives than men do. Evidence of this is the high incidence of anxiety disorders in women. However, as with any disease, early detection increases the chances of effectively treating it, and the same goes for anxiety disorders.