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Anxiety Disorder News: Women Twice More Anxious Than Men, Study Finds

Update Date: Jun 09, 2016 06:08 AM EDT

Women and young adults under 35 are prone to suffer from anxiety disorders. A study by Cambridge University researchers found that this is particularly applicable to people living in North America and Western Europe. Anxiety disorders should reportedly be given more focus because it can pave the way to other mental health disorders as well.

Anxiety Disorders Affects More Women and Those Under 35

The study published online in the journal Brain and Behavior looked at 48 different reviews to look at how anxiety disorders affect people from all walks of life, especially in women. They found that women are doubly more at risk of developing the condition than men. Anxiety disorders also affect young men and women under 35.

The researchers also found that those who are suffering from diseases including stroke, multiple sclerosis, cancer and other health problems are likely to suffer anxiety disorders as well, UPI noted. It is unclear why women and younger adults suffer from anxiety but the researchers say that it may be because older people are adept at hiding their anxiousness. Furthermore, women may also be more prone to anxiety disorders because the brain chemistry between the genders is different.

Anxiety Disorder Just as Debilitating as Depression

Lead author Olivia Remes said that anxiety disorders are just as debilitating as depression, The Guardian shared. There are numerous studies focused on depression and Remes say that the same should be done for anxiety. She adds that anxiety disorders can lead to impairment, suicide risk, and disability.

Anxiety disorder is characterized by excessive worry, feelings of distress over decision making, restlessness or feeling on edge, indecisiveness and more. The more visible symptoms of anxiety include muscle tension, sweating, headaches, diarrhea, fatigue, irritability and twitching, according to Mayo Clinic.

Do you think more studies should be dedicated to anxiety disorders? Let us know what you think in the comments below.

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