Anxiety is prevalent among 18.1 percent of adults in the U.S., but anxiety disorders do not affect both genders equally. In fact, women are two times more likely to develop an anxiety disorder than men. There are many theories behind this phenomenon and Michelle Craske, PhD (psychology and psychiatry professor at UCLA and co-director of the Depression Grand Challenge) has conducted research in this area. According to Craske, boys are more irritable than girls in infancy, which may enable boys to attract a mother’s attention more easily, fostering more in sync interactions. This synchrony between mother and son may impart a stronger sense of security to boys in this critical period of development. Another theory looks at the different kinds of trauma men and women face. Women are more likely to experience assault and abuse, which in turn may increase likelihood of experiencing anxiety disorders or PTSD, due to the uncontrollable nature of this kind of trauma.
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