A new global review says that women are nearly twice as likely to experience anxiety as men, and that part of this could simply be because women have more to worry about than their male counterparts.
The review of 48 pieces, published in Brain and Behavior, notes that people under 35 and those with health problems are more likely to have anxiety as well. The authors note that four of every 100 people globally experience anxiety, and that number is at its highest in North America, where eight of every 100 people report anxiety.
Four and eight percent might not seem huge, but they're significant. For instance, if a distant relative said they're moving into your home but would only take up four percent of your square footage, you might consider four percent to be relatively small, but really quite significant.
Women being twice as likely to develop anxiety was of special note, and led the Cambridge University researchers to hypothesize that it's in part because women have more to worry about even setting aside that pregnant women and new moms have lots of extra concerns, which may contribute to the fact that they're a population found to have higher rates of obsessive-compulsive disorder than the general population.