Dr. Bill discusses a new study on women and anxiety Show Notes

Wednesday, June 13, 2012 Host(s): Dr. Bill Maier
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Do you struggle with anxiety? A new study has found that the brains of anxious women work harder than men when put in similar stressful situations.

According to a report from CBS News, researchers at the University of Michigan tested 79 female college students and 70 male students for error-related brain responses as it related to worrying. Then the subjects were asked to take a survey about how much they worry on a day-to-day basis.

Women who identified themselves as big worriers tended to have high levels of brain activity when they made mistakes. Even though the scores for both stressed females and males were about the same, women's brains had to work harder.

As the test became more difficult, the more anxious women did worse on the task, meaning anxiety and the stress that comes with it could affect performance.

Anxiety is a significant issue for many American women. The National Institute of Mental Health reports that women are 60 percent more likely than men to experience an anxiety disorder over their lifetime.

Women are also more likely to have multiple psychiatric disorders at once, and depression often occurs in individuals who have anxiety.

Dr. David Moser, the lead researcher on the new anxiety study, points out that anxious girls' brains have to work harder to perform tasks because they have distracting thoughts and worries.

He says that as a result their brains are being kind of burned out by thinking so much, which might set them up for difficulties in school. “

If you struggle with anxiety, I’d encourage you to ask God for His help and to meditate on scripture verses about worry or anxiety. One that I find helpful is 1st Peter 5:7… “Cast all your anxiety upon him, because he cares for you.”

I’m Bill Maier for WBCL.

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