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Our lives become more and more filled with stress. People feel oppression both at work and home. It is no wonder that so many people start to suffer from anxiety. A continuous battle to survive, feed the family and deal with every day problems makes us more fragile and prone to different illnesses. It is therefore essential to determine the underlying cause of anxiety and deal with it. People must learn to relax and face problems with less stress and their body and mind will be spared of needless damage.

Causes of Anxiety in Women

Every event in both personal and professional life may make a woman feel stressed and anxious. The stress becomes regular and one needs to deal with it on daily bases. Apart from external causes of stress there are also internal changes that may be responsible for anxiety. For example, repeated hormonal variations associated with menstrual cycle can make a woman feel more anxious (particularly during certain days of the menstrual period). Some women who consume specific foods such as sugar or wheat are more susceptible to anxiety. And finally, the problem is associated with a brain neurotransmitter called serotonin. Sufficient amount of serotonin makes the body calm and a person feels relaxed. If there is not enough serotonin the woman may start feeling anxious.

What Are Symptoms of Anxiety in Women?

What needs to be mentioned is that symptoms and signs of anxiety in both men and women are quite similar, if not the same. Underlying cause of anxiety may only be different between genders.

Physical symptoms of anxiety include heart palpitations and rapid heart beat, elevated blood pressure, shortness of breath and chest discomfort/pain. Furthermore, gastrointestinal symptoms and signs of anxiety are changes in appetite, nausea and vomiting, indigestion and abdominal pain. Additional symptoms are increased perspiration, shivering or trembling and feeling extremely cold (cold extremities). Some women report muscle pain and numbness of certain parts of the body. There may be general fatigue, headaches, dizziness and in severe cases women suffer from insomnia.

Psychological symptoms of anxiety in women, on the other hand, include negative feelings and persistent thought that something untoward is going to happen. Furthermore, anxiety is a trigger for unreasonable fear, worry and tension. The woman may not be able to focus and concentrate on almost anything. In some cases women become too aggressive and they go through a personality changes. Social inactivity is another characteristic of anxiety in women.

In case a woman has some of the previously mentioned problems she should consult her health care provider. Only a professional can deal with anxiety and treat it properly.

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