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.
- Learn about medication use during pregnancy.
Unique to women is postpartum depression, or PPD, which is depression associated with pregnancy. About 13 percent of women may experience the condition between a week and a month after delivery; 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.
- Depression—Medicines to Help You. Use this information to help you talk to your doctor.
- Women in Clinical Trials: Why should women participate in clinical trials? Medical products can affect men and women differently. Sometimes women have different side effects. It is important that women participate to show if products are safe and work well in both men and women. En Español
- Pregnancy Registries: Many women need to take medicine while they are pregnant. Enrolling in a pregnancy exposure registry can help improve safety information for medicines used during pregnancy and can be used to update drug labeling. Learn more about how you can help.
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Updated July 2016