Women and Anxiety
Women are 60% more likely than men to experience an anxiety disorder in their lifetime, and anxiety disorders occur at an earlier age in women than in men. Women are also more likely to have multiple psychiatric disorders during their lifetime. The most common condition to occur at the same time (or co-occur) as anxiety is depression.
Anxiety During Pregnancy and Postpartum
During and after pregnancy, women may experience a postpartum anxiety disorder such as panic disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder and/or generalized anxiety disorder. Often anxiety symptoms co-occur with postpartum depression. Symptoms can include:
- panic attacks
- excessive worry
- restless sleep
- repeated thoughts or images of frightening things happening to the baby