Anxiety Disorders

  • Madeleine A. BeckerEmail author
  • Nazanin E. Silver
  • Ann Chandy
  • Subani Maheshwari


In this chapter we address anxiety issues and how they affect women. We discuss gender differences in vulnerability to anxiety, specifically generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) and Panic Disorder (PD). DSM 5 classification of anxiety disorders no longer includes posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), however both OCD and PTSD are included for interest and completeness of this book chapter. In addition, specific obstetric issues that may be associated with anxiety including pregnancy and the postpartum period as well as pregnancy loss and infertility are also reviewed. We also discuss gynecologic conditions and their association with anxiety, including vulvar pain, interstitial cystitis, chronic pelvic pain, incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse.


Anxiety Women Pregnancy Postpartum Gynecological Infertility Pregnancy loss Pelvic pain 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Madeleine A. Becker
    • 1
    Email author
  • Nazanin E. Silver
    • 2
  • Ann Chandy
    • 1
  • Subani Maheshwari
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Psychiatry and Human BehaviorThomas Jefferson University HospitalPhiladelphiaUSA
  2. 2.Division of Women’s Behavioral Health, Department of Obstetrics and GynecologyUniversity of Pittsburg Medical Center PinnacleCamp HillUSA
  3. 3.Department of Psychiatry, Wilmington HospitalChristiana Care Health SystemWilmingtonUSA

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