Men and women respond to stress differently. According to a UCLA study on the effects of stress in men and women, men react to stress with a prominent “fight or flight” response in the presence of high levels of epinephrine.

As the “fight or flight” response indicates, it either summons aggressive behavior to confront the stressor inspires total withdrawal from the situation.

When it comes to stress, men are more susceptible to its detrimental health effects. Studies show that men are more likely to be treated for stress-induced disorders such as hypertension, heart disease, violent behavior, and substance abuse.

A big part of why stress is more prominent in this gender is due to the variation of the hormone oxytocin in men and women. Oxytocin is produced in the body as a protective measure against stress. Also, oxytocin plays an important role during childbirth as it is the hormone that leads to its induction, intensifies maternal instincts, and creates a sense of association.

Oxytocin can also be found in men, but other hormones encountered in this gender obliterate the effects of oxytocin and reduce the effectiveness of its role in stress response. In the case of women, estrogen increases the effects of oxytocin.

Perhaps another motive to the incidence of stress in men is the higher rate of employment that exists in middle-aged women. Times have changed, and women have become more career-driven nowadays. Nevertheless, as mothers, many of them choose to stay home with their children. This can also be stressful but is generally a less anxious and more rewarding lifestyle.

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