Monday, April 27, 2009

Women, anxiety & speaking considered

UPDATED: As you might expect, public speaking, needing to catch your breath when you speak, and ways anxiety can be helpful to rev up a speaker came up in this NPR interview. Plus, the author talks about why and how women are more anxious (often) than men. Audio is posted here--well worth a listen!

NPR's Diane Rehm Show this morning will feature the issue of women and anxiety in its second hour, with Jerilyn Ross, director of the Ross Center for Anxiety and Related Disorders and CEO of the Anxiety Disorders Association of America. The show's promos say the discussion will focus on whether and why women are more anxious than men, so I'll be tuning in to listen and will post links to the audio and transcripts once those are available. Ross also is the author of Triumph Over Fear: A Book of Help and Hope for People with Anxiety, Panic Attacks and Phobias and One Less Thing to Worry About: Uncommon Wisdom for Coping with Common Anxieties. You also may want to check out ADAA's site, which includes some simple self-tests for various types of anxiety disorders.