DOES STRESS HAVE THE SAME EFFECT ON MEN AND WOMEN?

Both men and women tend to react to stress in different ways both physical and biologically.

Faced with a critical situation, men adhere to the “fight” or “flight” strategy. That is they are action oriented while women choose the “take care and make friends position”. That is they try to adapt or seek support. Ain’t we all different?

In men blood pressure rises and heart rhythms increase, while in women, there is a decrease in the blood flow to the heart-talk about contrast.

Women have a hormone estrogen that neutralizes stress hormone called cortisol while men do not have enough enough of it for this purpose.

This also explains why in extreme stress women are less impulsive and more tolerant and males are hot headed.

You’ve been in contact with people maybe as a therapist, friend or family member, what are their experiences?

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