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Exclusive Survey In Woman's Day Magazine Reveals 96% Of Women Have Experienced Anxiety; Finances Cited As The #1 Cause

RED BANK, N.J., Aug. 14, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Woman's Day magazine today announced the results of an exclusive survey with HealthyWomen, the nation's leading independent, nonprofit health information source for women, revealing women's attitudes toward anxiety, including what triggers their anxiety and how they manage it. The results appear in the September 2018 issue of Woman ' s Dayonline and on newsstands August 14. 

According to the survey of more than 1,000 women, 96 percent have experienced some level of anxiety, with 81 percent suffering from it at least weekly. Those surveyed also cited age as a factor in their anxiety, revealing they have experienced more anxiety in their 40s, 50s and 60s than they did in their 20s and 30s.

Fifty-two percent of respondents cited their finances as the number one trigger of their anxiety, followed by situations at work (44%) and the relationship with their significant other (35%).

"We've been hearing more and more from our readers about the impact anxiety has on their lives and how difficult it is to manage," says Susan Spencer, Editor in Chief, Woman's Day magazine. "The survey results confirmed that chronic worry is something our readers are dealing with on a daily basis and allowed us to talk about this issue in a larger way and pinpoint the causes behind the anxiety to offer our readers strategies and solutions to help them cope."

Additional highlights from the survey include:

  • 43 percent of women have not spoken to their health care professional about their concerns, even though anxiety is so common among women. In fact, half of the women surveyed said these feelings of anxiety interfere with their daily life.
  • 61 percent of women have experienced a panic attack at some point.
  • Many women turn to coping mechanisms when they start to feel anxious. Forty-four percent of women surveyed watch TV, 41 percent turn to food, 33 percent avoid social situations and 33 percent exercise.
  • 87 percent of the women surveyed have already gone through menopause or are currently perimenopausal, and 80 percent believe that menopause can cause anxiety.

"Although we all experience anxiety from time to time—between work, families and everyday stressful situations—women today are facing many pressures, which can lead to the overwhelming feeling of helplessness," says Beth Battaglino, RN, CEO of HealthyWomen. "Everyone is different, so it is critical to recognize and understand your own signs of anxiety, and then learn healthy ways to manage them that make sense for your individual lifestyles. The results from this survey prove that you are not alone, and it's important to talk about the anxiety you are experiencing, with both loved ones and health care professionals."

For simple tips and expert advice on overcoming anxiety, pick up the September issue of Woman's Day, on newsstands August 14.

About Woman ' s Day
Woman's Day empowers 22 million American women to enrich their lives with joy, purpose and positivity. WD is her compass, helping her navigate both short-term goals—like producing a delicious dinner on a moment's notice or sneaking 10 minutes of exercise into her day—and her long-term aspirations for a healthier lifestyle. We engage her with easy, wallet and time-friendly solutions that are both actionable and attainable, delivered in a relatable voice. Above all, WD celebrates and speaks to our readers' deep commitment to family, community and faith by showcasing uplifting stories and introducing her to women like her who are living their values. We help make every woman's day count. Woman's Day is published by Hearst Magazines, a unit of Hearst, one of the nation's largest diversified media and information companies. With 20 titles in the U.S., Hearst is the largest publisher of monthly magazines with a total paid circulation of nearly 30 million (AAM 1H 2017). Hearst Magazines' print and digital assets reach nearly 123 million readers and site visitors each month–nearly two-thirds of all women and millennial women in the country (source: 2017 comScore Multi-Platform // GfK MRI Media + Fusion (06-17/F16)). Hearst Digital Media has 143 million followers across social. Follow Woman's Day on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.

About HealthyWomen
HealthyWomen is the nation's leading independent, nonprofit health information source for women. Our mission is to educate and empower women to make informed health choices for themselves and their families. For nearly 30 years, millions of women have turned to HealthyWomen for answers to their most personal health care questions. HealthyWomen provides objective, research-based health information reviewed by medical experts to ensure its accuracy.

Nothing is more important to our health than access to competent care and the safety of our medicines and our health care practices. HealthyWomen works to educate women about health policy issues in these and other areas. We recognize the importance of clinical trials to improving women's health and support women's health research, particularly where sex may make a difference in research results. HealthyWomen advocates on behalf of women to ensure that women's health is a primary focus by policy makers and advocacy groups. Our investment in developing science-based information and our effort to incorporate perspectives reflected by advances in research and technology will further our mission to provide women with relevant and accurate health resources. For more information, please visit www.HealthyWomen.org. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn.

Woman's Day: Carrie Carlson, carriecarlson@hearst.com, (212) 649-2617
HealthyWomen: Stefanie Williamson, stefanie@healthywomen.org, (631) 754-0460



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