Dr. Robin Ohringer has spent more than four decades as a psychotherapist in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Over the course of her career she has treated a wide range of patients living with a variety of psychological disorders. However, Dr. Robin Ohringer primarily treats anxiety, depression, and similar disorders in women ages 18 to 45.
General anxiety and related anxiety disorders can impact both women and men. However, anxiety disorders seem to be more prevalent in females. Research has shown that a woman living from puberty through 50 years of age is twice as likely to deal with an anxiety disorder as a man in the same age range. Furthermore, research shows that these disorders occur earlier in life for women than for men. Anxiety can also be more complex to treat in women, as they are more likely to deal with multiple psychiatric disorders. Depression is the most commonly co-occuring disorder.
Researchers have not been able to conclusively determine the reasons for the prevalence of anxiety in women. Differences in brain chemistry represent one possible explanation, such as women having a more active fight or flight response. In addition, the male brain produces serotonin, a neurotransmitter designed to combat stress and anxiety, at a faster rate than the female brain. Any women or men living with an anxiety disorder should reach out to a trusted medical professional.