Why Do Women Have More Anxiety and Depression? These 3 Conditions May Explain

Did you know that women are twice as likely as men to be diagnosed with depression or an anxiety disorder?

Before rushing to assume doctors are being sexist—diagnosing women as hysterical simply for having emotions—we might gain more insight by considering what role women’s physiology plays in certain mental conditions. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, anxiety disorders and depression stem from “a combination of genetic, biological, environmental, and psychological factors.” And researchers suspect that, specifically, female hormones put women at a greater risk of developing anxiety disorders and depression.