Women More Prone to Depression and Anxiety than Men, New Research Finds

By Amy Taylor on May 09, 2017

According to the latest research carried out by Mental Health Foundation, 70 per cent of women have experienced a mental health problem in life. They are more likely to experience anxiety, panic attacks, and depression. 

The research also finds that women particularly struggle with responsibilities for childcare and for their extended family. They face pressure to juggle these roles while also appearing thin, beautiful and cheerful. 

The study involved 2,000 people in England, Scotland and Wales, which was conducted for the charity by research institute NatCen. 

‘Women have much the same worries as men, when it comes to money, careers and relationships, but they also tend to have the emotional burden of worrying more about the relationships in their lives.’ said Jenny Edwards, chief executive of the foundation. 

 ‘We see that lone parents and people in large households with three adults and children tend to have the highest incidence of mental health problems, such as those parents living with an elderly family member.’ 

‘Previous research shows women are at twice the risk of men in this situation. Then we have the pressure on women to be thin, beautiful, fashionable, and to be appearing to enjoy their lives. 

‘These could be some of the factors which help explain the higher incidence of depression and panic attacks.’ 

According to the study, almost a third of women have suffered a panic attack which is characterised as a rush of fear and anxiety which leaves some people fearing they are having a heart attack. Meanwhile, this mental health problem affects only about 19 per cent of men. 

Depression rates in women are 45 per cent while it is 40 per cent in men. 

Furthermore, younger people are more likely than those over the age of 55 to say that they have experienced a mental health problem. Experts say older people are more likely to undertake activities which are good for their mental health, such as going for a walk, spending time with friends and family, learning new things and eating healthily. 

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Women are more prone to the blues than men: And it’s worse if they’re looking after a big family

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