POMPANO BEACH, Fla., March 19, 2013 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- Anxiety is a complex condition. No two people experience anxiety the same way, and yet there are often similarities between anxiety experiences based on disorder, upbringing, coping tools, and more.
Gender is known to have a major effect on anxiety, and also may affect how a person experiences anxiety.
www.calmclinic.com uses data from its anxiety test to better understand the gender differences in anxiety. This data is collected privately via a convenience sample and prone to the same caveats as other online surveys. But it does give a cursory glance into the way that gender may affect both anxiety experiences and outcomes.
Test Result Insights
Answers to the test are rated in terms of severity. Higher anxiety responses yield numbers of greater values. From there, the data was broken down in order by gender. The following represents insights from the gathered data:
- Across the board, women's reported anxiety symptoms were more severe than men. There was no question where the women scored less than men in overall severity level, though the results were not dramatic.
- Women appeared to be more prone to headaches, neck pain, and aching, soreness, and being easier to frighten. They are also more prone to spending the rest of the day thinking about someone snapping at them. This was after the answers were adjusted by gender.
- The top two symptoms were shared by both genders. These were "I spend time wondering why I feel the way I do" and "I feel tired."
- After adjusting for overall gender differences, the only answers where men scored higher than women were "I have less interest in activities that I normally used to enjoy" and "I have dry mouth."
- Most people appeared to show distress over mental symptoms (worrying, thinking, etc.) than physical symptoms.
- Men appeared to be more influenced by their environments. Men reported more than women that they were as happy as the people around them. This may indicate that men could benefit from surrounding themselves with happier people or that men tend to seek out like-minded people.
- Tiredness appears to be a significant issue with both genders. This appears to reinforce the idea that diet and exercise do play a role in anxiety recovery.
A total of 136266 surveys were analyzed - 65743 by men and 70523 by women.
CalmClinic is currently looking at the data to see if the questions need to be altered to better represent the symptoms and problems facing anxiety suffers today. But the information provided appears to be valuable in better understanding the subtle differences between genders with regard to their anxiety experience.
Media Contact: Ryan Rivera Calm Clinic, 1-616-232-6556, firstname.lastname@example.org
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SOURCE Calm Clinic