Differences in brain chemistry may account for at least part of these differences.The brain system involved in the fight-or-flight response is activated more readily in women and stays activated longer than men, partly as a result of the action of estrogen and progesterone.Women are also more likely to have multiple psychiatric disorders during their lifetime than men.The most common to co-occur with anxiety is depression. I know what it’s like to deal with anxiety day in and day out; many of us who have anxiety are dealing with more than just managing our symptoms to get through the day.We are also grappling with the way those symptoms can erode our relationships at a time when accepting outside support feels both necessary and overwhelming.Was it always this difficult to breathe and swallow? Lots of people suffer from anxiety, but in honor of National Stress Awareness Day, I wanted to talk about the grip it has on some of us — like me. You’d probably think something really terrible happened to cause such discomfort, but in reality, it could be as simple as a trip to a bustling store, a long line at the coffee shop, or a crowded train.You are suffocating, panicked, and there’s no way out. My last attack was in the parking lot of an Auto Lube, where the wait is generally less than 15 minutes.
Here are some of the things some people with anxiety often wish our friends would say to us: “Our friendship is more than just whether or not you come shopping with me or want to go sing karaoke with the girls.The female genitals are a complex, self-sustaining instrument, and anything that throws off their balance can lead to vaginal discomfort and related problems.Anxiety and stress throw off your immune system, hormones, and more - all affecting vaginal health.Recent research has found that women are more sensitive to low levels of corticotropin-releasing factor (CRF), a hormone that organizes stress responses in mammals, making them twice as vulnerable as men to stress-related disorders.Anxiety has a lot of unusual and upsetting symptoms.Personally, I know that I need the support, but it can be hard to accept it.Sometimes, at my most anxious, I have a hard time being social — even with those I’m closest to.The neurotransmitter serotonin may also play a role in responsiveness to stress and anxiety.Some evidence suggests that the female brain does not process serotonin as quickly as the male brain.I’ve always had these anxious feelings: the routines that couldn’t vary, the obsessive-compulsive need for things to be in their proper places, and strange physical ticks, like pulling at my skin or rubbing my knuckles together. (Homie don't kneel for no one, except maybe Beyonce.) Maybe these sage words of wisdom guide you through the storm of anxiety.