In college, I visited numerous doctors complaining that I was experiencing an increased heart rate and shortness of breath.
I would also call my parents, telling them I was worried for my health. However, no one could figure out what was wrong with me.
It wasn’t until a year after graduating that I finally realized my racing heartbeat and gasping for air had nothing to do with an unhealthy heart—it was caused by panic attacks from anxiety. And like me, many of my closest girlfriends also suffer from anxiety, many of them treating the condition with medication.
After talking about it, one of my male friends made a comment about how all women seem to have anxiety. At the time, I was offended by his comment, thinking he was ignorant.
But, according to research, his observation may not be that far off.
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