04-11-2012, 11:53 AM
Join Date: May 2009
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Gender does appear to play a role for certain types of anxiety disorders and phobias, finds a new report from Harvard Medical School. “Coping with Anxiety and Phobias” is a publication that examines hormonal and biological factors, as well as differences in experiences, that may account for the disparities.
Women are twice as likely to suffer from panic disorder or social phobia compared with men, and they are three times as likely to have agoraphobia (fear of being in public places). They also face a slightly higher risk for specific phobia (fear of a particular object or situation). About 10%–14% of women will have post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in their lives, compared with 5%–6% of men. And 6.6% in women will have generalized anxiety disorder, but just 3.6% of men will.
Differences in sex hormones may be a factor. Scientists know that estrogen interacts with serotonin—a neurotransmitter involved in regulating moods, sleep, and appetite—but they’re just beginning to tease out the relationship.
Girls and women are also more likely than males to be victims of physical or mental abuse, a known risk factor for PTSD.
Childhood abuse also seems to cause long-term changes in brain chemistry and structure that may predispose individuals to anxiety disorders.
While anxiety affects women in greater numbers than men, it’s by no means strictly a female problem. At some point, one in five men will develop an anxiety disorder.
With that said- even if guys where more likely to have anxiety or the other way around, it really does not mater. We are all here cos we have anxiety problems, and we are trying to work threw them
. Who has Social Anxiety, genderly does not mater. This site is not a competition - it's not about whose particular brand of SA is the worse, who suffers more than whom, or who has the right to call their problems Social Anxiety.
After all is said and done, more is said than done.
What hurts the most
Was being so close
And having so much to say
and watching you fade away
♔ Mental illness is nothing to be ashamed of, but stigma and bias shame us all. ♔ - Bill Clinton