A study of 18 men and 13 women who had been diagnosed with PTSD showed researchers that the genders react differently to fear.
Women vs. Men
The study showed women responded more strongly to visual cues than men when they saw a particular image that they knew was going to be followed by an electric shock.
Researchers say it suggests that women can be conditioned more robustly than men.
PTSD Gender Rates
Mental health experts say women in the general population are twice as likely than men to develop post traumatic stress disorder. Yet, the rate of PTSD was the same among men and women recently seeking treatment at the VA.
As with most research, it created more questions than answers. Researchers don’t know what drives the gender differences in fear conditioning and if there are biological differences in the fear responses of men and women.
You can read more about the PTSD Gender study HERE.