Types of Mental Health Disorders in Women
Women and Mental Health Disorders
Certain mental health disorders are more prevalent in women than in men.
The Five Most Common Health Disorders in Women
- Anxiety and Phobias
- Post-tramatic Stress
- Eating Disorders
Why are Women Different?
- Hormones: Female hormones can affect mood. Women also tend to produce less serotonin, which can lead to depression
- Culture, Roles and Society: Although many men are now helping with childcare women are commonly still the primary care givers. Women are the most common gender to provide assistance and care of aging parents. Also, women are the more common victims of sexual harassment and abuse.
Depression is considered a mental illness
Fact: Women are twice as likely as men to get depression.
Symptoms of depression:
- loss of hope or urgency
Women who suffer from depression usually have a hard time focusing and concentrating with daily activities. Depression carries a high risk of suicide.
Treatment: There is treatment for depression. A doctor will usually prescribe antidepressants and possibly therapy to discuss thoughts and issues.
Prevention: There are ways to help keep depression away. Staying busy and moving around is very important. Here are a few suggestions for feeling well.
- healthy diet
- socialize with friendly and positive people
GABA for Anxiety
What is GABA and why is it important? Identifies natural food sources for inducing GABA. Aids in reducing anxiety, maintaining muscle tone, improves sleep and mood.
Anxiety, Panic and Phobias
Fact: Women are twice as likely as men to have panic disorder, anxiety, and specific phobias.
- A recent study shows women have a greater fear of dentists during their forties than any other age group.
Phobias can be a fear of an action, object, animal, insect or types of people. A traumatic event can cause a phobia to surface.
Treatment: Phobias can sometimes be treated with medication. Medication can help calm anxiety associated with a phobia.
Mental Health and Post-traumatic stress syndrome (PTSD)
Fact: Women are twice as likely to develop Post-traumatic stress disorder following a traumatic event.
When someone suffers from PTSD they fear for their lives or those of others. They have usually experienced a traumatic event. A traumatic event is perceived as life-threatening and stressful.
The symptoms of PTSG can be highly stressful and emotional.
- vividly visualizing dangerous events
- overreacting to daily sounds i.e. screeching tires or a backfire
- avoiding events that are noisy
- withdrawal of emotions as a way to protect themselves
Women and Attempted Suicide
Fact: Women attempt suicide two or three times more often than men.
Recent studies show a spike in suicide attempts by women between the ages of 40 - 69
Anybody who expresses suicidal thoughts or intentions should be taken very, very seriously. Do not hesitate to call your local suicide hotline immediately. Call 1-800-SUICIDE (1-800-784-2433) or 1-800-273-TALK (1-800-273-8255) -- or the deaf hotline at 1-800-4889
Women and Eating Disorders
Fact: 85 percent of all anorexia and bulimia cases are women
Eating disorders are commonly related to a distorted body image.
Anorexia: The consumption of food is very limited and may contain odd rituals. For example, the affected person might not let the fork or spoon touch their lips. Anorexia not only affects the body it also affects the mind.
Bulimia: The characteristics of bulimia are binging and purging of food. Bulimia can also bring about purging through excessive exercise and the abuse of laxatives.
Disclaimer: The information provided in this hub should not be construed as personal medical advice or instruction.
© 2012 Marisa Hammond Olivares
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