Anxiety in Women

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Women seem to be prone to anxiety more than men and millions of women experience certain forms of anxiety. Anxiety can be experienced by everyone as we all get nervous over an interview, a date, an exam and anything else that causes extra stress or excitement. This is very common and usually the anxiousness disappears after a certain period of time.

There are other forms of anxiety that can prove to be more serious and can cause people to get very ill. There are anxiety differences in men and woman and they can be the level of anxiety experienced and how each sex deals with the form of anxiety. Anxiety disorders seem to be linked with, more than often, substance abuse, eating disorders, and depression.

There are a few forms of anxiety disorders known today such as generalized anxiety disorder, panic disorder, specific phobias, social anxiety disorder also known as social phobia, post-traumatic stress disorder, and obsessive compulsive disorders.

Generalized anxiety disorder is known as excessive worry over minimal situations. This can be anything from receiving an unknown phone call, to panic over a job interview. While there is no serious life threatening outcome, the person experiencing this type of anxiety may feel they cannot handle it.

Social anxiety and women is when a woman is afraid to go to social events, walk through the door to a meeting, be around life long friends, and even be nervous around family. It is a constant fear of judgment and it can lead to serious isolation. Isolation can lead to depression and loss of communication skills.

Panic disorder is known as a sudden feeling of overwhelming panic and fear. Some people feel impending doom and feel the need to escape from the situation at hand, whether it occurs in a crowd, or in a conference. It can happen out of nowhere which can cause an individual to avoid all social circumstances.

Obsessive compulsive disorders can develop with women and anxiety. This is when a woman believes something awful will happen if they do not repeat a certain action. This can include the action of purging after a meal because of the fear of weight gain, or flicking the room light three times before going to bed because they may feel the worse will happen.

Anxiety symptoms can include:

•    Dizziness
•    Light headedness
•    Hot flashes
•    Cold flashes
•    Headaches
•    Pain in the chest
•    Shortness of breath
•    Fast heart beat
•    Speaking to fast
•    Racing thoughts

There is hope for women and anxiety. There are natural anxiety treatment formulas such as chamomile tea, valerian root, St. John’s Wort, passion flower and a variety of other herbs. Exercise can also decrease anxiety in women and help alleviate worry. Adrenaline can pick up the mood and bring a woman back down to a calm relaxed state. Healthy food items such as apples, grapes, and bananas can help calm anxiety disorders.

Doctors can also prescribe medications for anxiety and some are non-addictive. They can help keep a person calm when they know they are going to go through a high stress period. A high stress event might be very different for each individual. For some, it can be going to a dinner party, while others it can be walking through a mall. All anxiety disorders need to be treated differently and on a case by case basis. If a person is experiencing feeling symptoms of anxiety they should speak to their health practitioner immediately.

Article Last Modified Sunday, March 14, 2010
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