Women and Anxiety

When the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) replaced the diagnosis ‘hysteria’ with ‘conversion disorder’ in 1980, it seemed a giant step forward to do away with what many thought was a damaging gender stereotype.  After all, the image of the “hysterical woman” was often referred to in a derogatory fashion and utilized to put women in their place.  However, data shows that the majority of people suffering from psychological problems are women.  In fact, women are diagnosed with anxiety disorders at nearly twice the rate of men.  So how can we accept the statistics without having a gender bias?

Read the full article here:  The Conversation We Need to Have About Women and Anxiety