Anyone who works as much as I do has to have some level of anxiety to keep on going. If I wasn’t worried about getting everything done, keeping a tight schedule and maintaining a clean and organized home, then probably I would be slacking-off, sitting on my can missing appointments and living in a pig sty. If I didn’t have anxiety about my future than I probably wouldn’t have accomplished as much as I have managed to accomplish, because I would probably have thrown the towel in the first time I failed at something. Maybe I’m a little high-strung, but I’ve always believed a certain amount of anxiety is good for a person. A team at Cleveland Clinic and Case Western Reserve University would agree, at least as far as women are concerned.

The team’s 15-year study of 1,000 senior citizens revealed that women with had higher levels of anxiety at the beginning of the study lived longer than women with lower levels of anxiety. To spite any anxiety level changes from year to year, these results remained consistent. This was not the case for men however, those of which with high levels of anxiety tended to die earlier. The researchers believe that these results may be due to the fact that anxious women seek medical attention more often than the women with lower levels of anxiety or men in both the low and high level of anxiety groups.

 


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    Last reviewed: By John M. Grohol, Psy.D. on 16 Mar 2008
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APA Reference
Bechdel, J. (2008). Gender may determine whether or not a certain amount of anxiety is beneficial. Psych Central. Retrieved on October 1, 2014, from http://psychcentral.com/blog/archives/2008/03/16/gender-may-determine-whether-or-not-a-certain-amount-of-anxiety-is-beneficial/

 

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