Women suffer from anxiety more than men, research suggests

A paper published in the Journal of Brain and Behavior finds that women and young adults are more likely to suffer from anxiety than other populations.

The review found women are almost twice as likely as men to suffer from anxiety, and the highest proportion of people with anxiety was in North America.

"Our study helps to clarify and shed light on the following important issue: Anxiety is common not only in people with serious chronic diseases, such as cancer, diabetes and heart disease, but it frequently develops in healthy, young people," says lead researcher Olivia Remes. "Once it develops, it can lead to a host of negative outcomes. Anxiety can develop in anyone regardless of age, gender, ethnicity or race, and it affects populations around the world."