4 Mental Health Issues Common In Women

4 Mental Health Issues Thar Are Common In WomenMen and women alike are vulnerable to mental health issues. In fact, a study from the National Alliance on Mental Illness shows that 1 in 5 Americans experiences one mental illness or another in their lifetime.

The degree of vulnerability to different conditions, however, differs with gender. Research shows that men are more prone to substance abuse and social issues, while women will more likely suffer from issues like anxiety and depression.

Let us look at four mental health issues that seem to be more common in women.

1. Depression

Studies show that women undergo considerable alterations as the age. There appears to be significantly more of such biological changes in women than in men, and these influence the normal functioning of the female system. Scientists note that these alterations are severe enough to modify hormonal flow in the female system.

According to Jared Heathman, MD, family psychiatrist in Houston, Texas, “Hormones play a significant role around the time of childbirth, which has resulted in terms like postpartum blues and postpartum depression.”  

2. Anxiety

Just like depression, research shows that women are two times likelier to undergo anxiety than men. This is according to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, which highlights increased worrying, tension and fear amongst others, as symptoms.

According to the key finding of a study in the Journal of Abnormal Psychology, men have the tendency of pouring out their emotions (and then forget them) while women keep emotions within them and continue to lament for a long time.   

Some hormones present in women and not in men seem to play a role in making women more prone to anxiety. Researchers continue to look into that.

3. Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

This is a type of anxiety disorder but is unique because with it comes panic disorders and phobias (amongst others). PTSD is particularly significant here because women stand double the chance of suffering from it than men. That is according to Jennifer Wolkin, PhD, a NYC-based licensed clinical health and neuropsychologist.

4. Eating Disorders

Both men and women can suffer from eating disorders, but they are more common in women. According to Rachel Porter, PsyD, CEDS, clinical care advocate at Carolina House, an eating disorder treatment facility and a board member of the Binge Eating Disorder Association (BEDA), eating disorders are “often thought of in terms of things generally keyed feminine, such as vanity, self-control, emotionality, and perfectionism.”

Women undergo lots of pressure from billboards, TV commercials and magazines to match certain standards of fitness. Women care more about their weight, their shape and their appearance.

Did you know an addiction can be caused by a mental disorder?

One of the primary reasons that mental disorders and substance abuse so often go hand-in-hand is that drugs and alcohol can provide an escape from the pressures of mental health problems. Self-medicating is surprisingly common: you’re not alone.

But unlike real, effective, long-term solutions, such as medication and detoxification in a treatment center, drugs and alcohol won’t amount to effective treatment.

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