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Women Worry More Than Men

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There are lots of stereotypes about both sexes. Many are based on truths but get exaggerated along the way. Men don't show emotion, for example, and women show too much. Men are thinkers and strategists while women are givers and worriers. We now know that some of these stereotypes were based on ignorance and don't do either sex much service.

In days gone by, women's perceived "hysteria" might have been postpartum depression or severe menopausal symptoms. Men's "strength" or appearance of being smarter than women was sometimes based on a lie, causing them to have a much higher rate of suicide than women.

A study from the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) shows that one such stereotype may be true and that is that women worry more than men.

The journal LiveScience reported that the study was conducted between 2010 and 2011 with 22 percent of the women saying that they feel worried or anxious on a daily or weekly basis, compared to 16 percent of men.

As the women got older, they felt less stress and anxiety. The higher numbers of female worries were between the ages of 18-64, rather than old age which the study describes as over the age of 75.

The highest percentage for stress in women was during middle age, which is ages 45-64 according to the study. Upon old age, the number dropped down to 16 percent for women.

For men, the same decrease occurred with old age, from about 18 percent of men worrying in middle age, to 11 percent in old age.

Female hormones and stress levels are no myths, incidentally. While we see stress in male and female teens due to hormonal changes and social pressures, women in middle age have genuine cause for concern when it comes to their changing bodies and stress.

However, it should be noted that middle-aged men can also experience weight gain, hair loss and general aging that can cause anxiety too.

Women see huge changes in their bodies from around age 45-60.

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