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 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.

Food and Drug Administration Office of Women's Health provides these links:

Additional Resources

National Women's Health Resource Center

Food and Drug Administration Office of Women's Health provides these links:

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Women are twice as likely to have an #anxiety #disorder. Why? Get the facts. http://www.adaa.org/living-with-anxiety/women/facts

Anxiety during #pregnancy may affect treatment. Learn about it. http://www.adaa.org/living-with-anxiety/women/pregnancy-and-medication

Some 13% of women experience #postpartum #depression. http://www.adaa.org/living-with-anxiety/women/postpartum-depression

Up to 5% of new mothers will experience symptoms of #postpartum #OCD. http://www.postpartum.net/learn-more/pregnancy-or-postpartum-ocd/

Did you know social anxiety disorder is equally common among women and men? Find out more. http://www.adaa.org/understanding-anxiety/social-anxiety-disorder

FacebookFrom puberty until about the age of 50, females are twice as likely to have an anxiety disorder as males. Anxiety disorders also occur earlier in women than in men. Learn more. http://www.adaa.org/living-with-anxiety/women/facts

Symptoms of anxiety disorders and depression can develop or worsen during or after pregnancy, even if women notice fewer symptoms while pregnant. http://www.adaa.org/living-with-anxiety/women/pregnancy-and-medication

Pregnant women with a history of anxiety or depression can face difficult and confusing choices about treating their symptoms with antidepressants and other medications. http://www.adaa.org/living-with-anxiety/women/pregnancy-and-medication

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