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Women Are More Likely to Suffer From Anxiety

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Symptoms of Anxiety in Women

A beating heart clammy palms. trying to concentrate. feeling tense and uneasy believing that something is wrong or will soon be wrong—even when everything is fine. You might be one of the 264 million individuals worldwide who suffer from an anxiety disorder if any of this sounds similar to you.

These are but a few of the signs and symptoms of anxiety disorders. Anxiety is a mental condition that is accompanied by tense sensations, anxious thoughts, and bodily changes. These emotional problems are all too common for today's female population.

Today, anxiety affects women more frequently. Women's anxiety disorders are growing rapidly as they try to balance work, family, relationships, health, and some form of social life. Women have a double increased risk of developing an anxiety disorder compared to men.

How come pain affects people differently in men and women?

The way your nerves transmit and receive information, how your brain processes information about the pain coming from the nerves, how much inflammation is present in your body, and other factors all play a part in the complex sensation of pain.

Women typically feel higher degrees of pain and are more vulnerable than men to suffering certain pain conditions. Men's and women's bodies and brains react to pain differently, even though the fact that we are not yet aware of all the factors that influence how pain is experienced.

Women may be more sensitive to pain due to hormones. Additionally, women have more nerves per square inch of their bodies than males do, which may make them more sensitive to pain.

Additionally, there are certain differences between how men and women perceive pain psychologically. Women, for instance, are more prone than males to worry about pain and feel helpless about it, as well as be depressed and anxious, all of which might result in higher pain levels. In contrast, women have a wider variety of pain-coping strategies than men, which may be useful in some circumstances.

Your risk of subsequently getting a new chronic (long-term) pain condition can rise with higher levels of anxiety and depression. The risk of future anxiety and sadness is also higher in those with chronic pain.

We are unsure of the reason for this, and studies have not established a causal relationship between sadness, anxiety, or pain. We are aware that certain of the brain regions connected to mood and pain perception have common neural pathways. Additionally, serotonin and norepinephrine, two neurotransmitters (brain messengers) involved in mood disorders, are also implicated in pain. Additionally, those who undergo traumatic or high levels of stress are more likely to suffer from melancholy or anxiety as well as other mental health issues.

Anxiety attacks can happen from time to time and are common. However, strong, excessive, and persistent worry and panic over typical circumstances are typically experienced by those with anxiety disorders. Anxiety disorders sometimes entail recurrent episodes of acute anxiety, fear, or terror that peak in a matter of minutes (panic attacks).

These overwhelming, difficult-to-control, out-of-proportion to the actual threat, long-lasting feelings of worry and panic interfere with regular activities. To stop these feelings, you could avoid certain locations or circumstances. Children or teenagers may first have symptoms, which may then last until adulthood.

Specific phobias, social anxiety disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, and separation anxiety disorder are a few examples of anxiety disorders. There are various types of anxiety disorders. There are situations when anxiety is a sign of an illness that requires care.

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Whatever form of anxiety you have, treatment can help.

Symptoms

Common anxiety signs and symptoms include:

  • Feeling nervous, restless or tense
  • Having a sense of impending danger, panic or doom
  • Having an increased heart rate
  • Breathing rapidly (hyperventilation)
  • Sweating
  • Trembling
  • Feeling weak or tired
  • Trouble concentrating or thinking about anything other than the present worry
  • Having trouble sleeping
  • Experiencing gastrointestinal (GI) problems
  • Having difficulty controlling worry
  • Having the urge to avoid things that trigger anxiety

Several types of anxiety disorders exist:

Agoraphobia is a type of anxiety disorder in which a person fears and frequently avoids locations or situations that can make them feel confined, helpless, or ashamed.

Intense anxiety or panic sensations that are linked to a physical health issue are included in anxiety disorders that are caused by medical conditions.

Anxiety and worry about things that are commonplace or routine, as well as persistent and excessive anxiety, are symptoms of generalized anxiety disorder. The worry is excessive compared to the situation, hard to regulate, and has an impact on how you physically feel. It frequently co-occurs with depression or other anxiety disorders.

Repeated episodes of abrupt, acute anxiety, fear, or terror that peak in intensity in a matter of minutes are symptoms of panic disorder (panic attacks). Shortness of breath, chest pain, or a fast, fluttering, or pounding heart are possible signs of imminent catastrophe (heart palpitations). These panic episodes may cause concern that they'll happen again or a desire to stay away from circumstances where they've happened.

Having an anxiety disorder does more than make you worry. It can also lead to, or worsen, other mental and physical conditions, such as:

  • Depression (which often occurs with an anxiety disorder) or other mental health disorders
  • Substance misuse
  • Trouble sleeping (insomnia)
  • Digestive or bowel problems
  • Headaches and chronic pain
  • Social isolation
  • Problems functioning at school or work
  • Poor quality of life
  • Suicide

Prevention

There's no way to predict for certain what will cause someone to develop an anxiety disorder, but you can take steps to reduce the impact of symptoms if you're anxious:

  • Get help early. Anxiety, like many other mental health conditions, can be harder to treat if you wait.
  • Stay active. Participate in activities that you enjoy and that make you feel good about yourself. Enjoy social interaction and caring relationships, which can lessen your worries.
  • Avoid alcohol or drug use. Alcohol and drug use can cause or worsen anxiety. If you're addicted to any of these substances, quitting can make you anxious. If you can't quit on your own, see your doctor or find a support group to help you.


© 2022 Charlene Grendon

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