This is supported by a study by the University of Cambridge which analyzed and compared 48 scientific reports, produced in different countries between 1990 and 2010.
The research, aimed at understanding the diffusion and trends of the most common mental health disorder, highlighted how excessive concern, fear and propensity to avoid potentially stressful situations, such as social encounters, are behaviors that are mainly declined in the feminine and that every day prevents many women from living their daily lives to the full.
“Anxiety disorder can make life extremely difficult. This is why it is important to understand how common it is and which are the people at highest risk, “said Olivia Remes, author of the study published in the journal Brain and Behavior, which also revealed that Western Europe and North America are the countries where the most numerous cases are recorded.
Anxiety as a disability, capable of compromising social relations. According to the report, the disorder, which affects its main victims among women, increases during and immediately after pregnancy. In addition to other diseases, its levels increase, but also in this case there is a gender difference: from the data it emerges that almost one in ten adults suffering from heart problems has had to fight against generalized anxiety, but women are almost twice as many men were affected.
It is not just up to them, however, to juggle to keep the disorder at bay. The results have shown that in general young people under the age of 35 experience anxiety levels that are disproportionate to general trends. The economic, working and family instability, most common until that age, in fact undermine the mental balance.
However, women under 35, North American or European, do not despair: from what has emerged they seem to be condemned to an unequal struggle against an evil, with which they are destined to coexist. For Remes, this was the preliminary step of a research, which also aims to find more effective interventions to ensure that anxiety is no longer an obstacle in everyday life.