Did You know that anxiety is more prevalent in North America and Western Europe? In Did You know that anxiety is more prevalent in North America and Western Europe? In addition, Steven Reinberg's article on WebMD.com, also states that women are nearly twice as likely as men to suffer from anxiety disorder. Research shows the largest amount of people who suffer from anxiety are under 35. It is uncertain as to why it is more common for woman to have anxiety than men, but the article suggests that it could possibly be because of the difference in the brain chemistry between the two genders.