Majority of women in 30s live under constant or common stress

  • 61% of women aged 31-40 are constantly or quite often over-stressed, anxious or depressed
  • Only 34% of these women have sought help from their GP
  • 'Health gap' of 66% who are trying to cope on their own.

New statistics reveal how the majority of British women in their 30s are constantly or 'quite often' feeling over-stressed, anxious or depressed - but just over a third of those affected seek medical help.

Sixty-one per cent of women aged 31-40 report feeling over-stressed, anxious or depressed 'most or all of the time' or 'quite often', health statistics* gathered by Patient, the UK's leading independent health information website reveal.

Despite these mounting stress levels, only 34% of these stressed women have sought help from their GP to tackle how they're feeling - resulting in a 'health gap' of 66% who are struggling to cope on their own.

Commenting on these findings, Dr Sarah Jarvis, clinical consultant at Patient says: "Many women around this age are not only under pressure at work, but are juggling other commitments, such as caring for young children and elderly family members, not to mention household chores, when they get home after a busy day.

It's worrying to learn that many don't seek medical help, as stress can have significant long-term impact on a person's health. For any woman who feels this way, I'd urge her to speak with or call her GP for a confidential chat or to get advice on ways to cope when she really feels overwhelmed."

In contrast to their female counterparts, fewer men of the same age felt such stress levels: but their 'health gap' was slightly wider:

  • 54% of men aged 31-40 feel constantly or 'quite often' over-stressed, anxious or depressed
  • 25% of these men have sought help from their GP
  • 'Health gap' of 75% of these stressed men are struggling to cope on their own.

But the same statistics, based on over 66,000 scores from free clinically-backed health check, also reveal good news; having a partner or being married improves the health prospects for both sexes - although having children generally means you are unhealthier than if you remained childless.

*Source: Statistics based on 66,233 scores from free online clinically-backed health check

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