Women are twice as likely to have an anxiety disorder as men. Find out why and get more facts.

Read more: "Not all depression is created equal: sex interacts with disease to precipitate depression"
(Biology of Sex Differences, 2013, 4:8)

Treatment options and resources are usually the same for women as men, with the exception of women who are pregnant or may become pregnant. Anxiety can worsen, improve, or stay the same during pregnancy, and that may affect treatment.

Unique to women is postpartum depression, or PPD, which is depression associated with pregnancy. About 13 percent of women experience; 30 to 70 percent experience symptoms for one year or longer.

It is estimated that as many as 3 to 5 percent of new mothers will experience symptoms of postpartum OCD.

About 9 percent of women experience postpartum PTSD (posttraumatic stress disorder) following childbirth.


Updated January 15, 2016

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