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Anxiety in Women

We expected anxiety in children around the country last night after stories of spooks and goblins, with costumes to match.  But for millions of grown  women, anxiety is a constant problem.  With us to discuss this condition is Dr. Leah Dickstein, Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Louisville School of Medicine.

Dickstein Actuality:  "Anxiety disorders are at least twice as common in women as they are in men.  There are five kinds:  social phobias, specific phobias, generalized anxiety disorder, post traumatic stress disorder and obsessive compulsive disorder".

When people generally think of a common mental illness in women with potentially serious consequences, they think of depression.  But Dr. Dickstein says:

Dickstein Actuality:  "Anxiety disorders are even more common than depressive disorders, and what people must recognize is that having an anxiety disorder can precipitate suicidal thoughts, feelings, attempts and completed suicides.  You must seek medical care early".

The good news is that when diagnosed properly, anxiety disorders are generally treatable, with medicine and psychotherapy.

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