Why Women Are More Prone To Anxiety According To Science

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all right so we all face anxiety from time to time and we are all on the spectrum of facing an anxiety disorder right and there are some people who face it a lot more severe than others and there's actually genders who face it a lot more severe than others women are actually twice as likely as men to experience anxiety disorders you know all ranging from generalized anxiety disorder to obsessive-compulsive disorder now there's a lot of different reasons as to why women face more anxiety and deal with more anxiety than men were so we're gonna break that down and this can actually help us combat anxiety now obviously sexism has a measurable effect on mental health so that makes sense that's what we talk about on the show all the time also hormone fluctuations so all those are sort of like related to you know our menstrual cycles but other different hormonal components that may play a role in our mental health now there's another aspect that scientists are really going into see there's part of our brain okay it's called the locus Cori Alice and it's responsible for a lot of things but one of the biggest responsibilities is producing a hormone called Noor like at norepinephrine right norepinephrine now a deficiency in this hormone is linked to depression anxiety and sleep problems in an entire class of an antidepressant SNR is is designed to raise deficient levels of it so basically what scientists is they looked at this part of their brain and they discovered something really odd so this part of the brain in humans of female mice looks very different compared to the brains of male mice now for one it's got much more of the receptor called PT ger 3 which manages the body's stress responses and for another reason it's got more genes that have been linked to depression by other studies so during this experiment the scientists gave mice a standard medicine that was supposed to calm them down after stressful experience and only the female mice responded because the was designed to interact with PT ger so these brain differences mean that some anxiety drugs will probably work for women and not men and vice versa so now knowing this that our brains are you know what Lee said mice that our brains are somewhat built a little bit differently we can target these anxiety problems differently which is huge that's the huge breakthrough what what this fails to mention though is that mental dat mental health disorders like generalized anxiety depression also congenital and so depending on if you have a history of that in your family or if you have history that genetically you are more predisposition to be depressed or suffer from anxiety I mean I've been I was clinically depressed for ten years ya know it's not saying that men aren't very anxious it's just saying women are more like absolutely and so I think that the more advances we can make on in depression because people people people like in depression or anxiety or any kind of mental health disorder as if you're if you're not experiencing that yourself you can imagine what that's like that being the brain of someone who is it's right and then so like one of the worse things you to tell someone who is depressed is just to get over it because they would they could they would and also you know like SNRIs and SSRIs were selective norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors and serotonin reuptake inhibitors are wonderful beautiful things I've been helping a lot of people so I think all the research we can do to to bring more awareness to mental health is so needed and you know um my mom you use sexism you say it's sexism you know a lot of things that wouldn't have to deal with on a daily basis are triggers for anxiety and it's this domino effect it could be one with distraught catcalling that could trigger anxiety there's so many things that are just triggers that people don't even realize or don't know and also age you may have experienced something and you're in your 20s that may not have been a trigger but in your 30s that's the biggest thing that contributes it-it's not a lot of people and some of my friends so yeah more power do all the research you can for this yeah no seriously and on what you're saying about research it is important and this what is revolution about the study in general they did Studies on female and male mice now previously they had only done it on male mice because they're like a little just standardized it they didn't realize that there would be a difference and now knowing that their difference we can make drugs to target this it's huge I'm excited about it I want to hear from you guys what you think at Hannah Cranston and at JJC forever on Twitter [Music]

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