Anxiety disorders in women

Heather A. Church and James V. Lucey

in Oxford Textbook of Women and Mental Health

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ISBN: 9780199214365
Published online July 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199640454 | DOI:

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Anxiety disorders in women

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Anxiety disorders are common in women and although often disabling they are eminently treatable (Kessler et al. 2005, 2007; NCS-R 2007). Nevertheless for many reasons they are frequently under diagnosed and/or inadequately managed (Wang et al. 2005; Wittchen and Jacobi 2005). Sufferers may not seek professional help, may receive incorrect diagnoses, or have symptoms of anxiety confused with medical complaints, especially cardiac complaints (Leon et al. 1995; Wang et al. 2005). While both men and women with anxiety disorders often receive suboptimal treatment, this is especially true for women. Women are more likely to receive benzodiazepines and are less likely to avail themselves of other effective pharmacological or psychological treatments (van der Waals et al. 1993). Moreover, women are more likely than men to suffer with anxiety disorders (NCS-R 2007). In this chapter we will present epidemiological data on specific anxiety disorders in women. We will review management, as well as consider hormonal and perinatal issues in relation to anxiety disorders in women.

Chapter.  7163 words. 

Subjects: Psychiatry

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