Are anxiety disorder symptoms different from anxiety symptoms?
No. Anxiety disorder symptoms and anxiety symptoms are the same. The only difference between the two would be, as anxiety and its persistence increases, so will the number, type, intensity, frequency, and duration of anxiety symptoms increase. Otherwise, they are one and the same.
Anxiety symptoms in women and men
The majority of anxiety symptoms in women and men are similar, but there are some anxiety symptoms differences.
For example, anxiety causes stress hormones to enter the bloodstream where they travel to targeted spots in the body to bring about specific emergency response changes. These changes prepare the body for immediate action.
Since stress hormones affect other hormones, women can experience a wide range of sensations and symptoms due to how stress hormones affect the hormones that affect the female menstruation cycle. Many women experience increases in anxiety related symptoms in association with their monthly cycle.
Women can also experience an increase in symptoms due to the biological changes of pregnancy, postpartum recovery, and menopause.
Women are also more emotionally-centered than men, so their anxiety symptoms can seem more numerous and daunting.
Men also have challenges, as stress hormones also affect male hormones. Men who are more emotionally-centered can also struggle more with anxiety symptoms.