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Protecting young women from anxiety
by Linda Egenes
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15 September 2013
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Linda Egenes writes about an issue that especially plagues many teenage and college-age women: extremely high levels of stress and anxiety—much more than those experienced by their male counterparts—that undermine their academic performance and success. Researchers have recently begun to investigate potential biochemical causes:
In a research study published in the International Journal of Psychophysiology, Michigan State University researchers have discovered that the brains of anxious girls work much harder than those of anxious boys, making them prone to burnout and lower levels of performance. . . .
According to the National Institutes of Health, women are 60 percent more likely than men to experience an anxiety disorder over their lifetime (that's nearly double the rate of men). And women also have higher rates of depression, anxiety, and sleep problems. . . .
Whatever the cause, it seems we need to address these issues and figure out how to protect young girls and women from these risks. . . .
In the University of Michigan study, Jason Moser says he is ''investigating whether estrogen, a hormone more common in women, may be responsible for the increased brain response. Estrogen is known to affect the release of dopamine, a neurotransmitter that plays a key role in learning and processing mistakes in the front part of the brain.''
This comment about dopamine rings a bell. In the research on the Transcendental Meditation technique, it's been found that the hormones dopamine and serotonin are secreted during the practice of TM, creating what researchers call ''the rest and fulfillment response'' that is the opposite of the fight-or-flight stress response.
Research also shows that the Transcendental Meditation technique allows the mind to effortlessly settle inward beyond worries and agitation. The body gains a deep state of relaxation and the mind becomes more serene. The whole physiology spontaneously shifts into a more balanced, harmonious style of functioning that is the extreme opposite of the stress response. Biochemicals in the bloodstream associated with tension and anxiety—such as cortisol and plasma lactate—are significantly reduced, and the brain functions with greater coherence.
Thousands of women are finding relief from anxiety through the regular practice of Transcendental Meditation.
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