One in every three Americans struggles with a mental illness, but the rate is much higher in women. Research (APA, 2020) suggests women are 40% more likely than men to develop anxiety and depressive disorders. Women are twice as likely to develop post traumatic disorders, with about 10% of women developing the condition after a traumatic or life altering event (i.e. death of a loved one, dealing with a medical diagnosis) as compared to just 4% of men. The epidemic of mental illness among women is often discounted or disregarded, and even ignored as the result of "hormonal changes" and assumed genetic gender differences. Research in the field of both women studies and mental illness prevalence, still does not indicate why mental illness is more common among women. Identifying the specific factors that play a role in this challenge is not easily accomplished. For the most part, despite all the accolades found in modern day research, there are no absolutes as to why women pervasively struggle greater than man. So far, researchers have pointed to a number of possibilities.
According to World's Health Organization (2020), rates of psychiatric disorders are almost identical for men and women, but definite gender differences are found in the patterns of mental illness. To that, gender determines the differential power and control men and women have over socioeconomic determinants and mechanism of their mental health and lives, social position, status and treatment within society and susceptibility to specific health risks. Gender differences occur particular in the rates of common mental disorders; depression, anxiety and somatic complaints.
While each woman is different, there are shared experiences among women as they live out their lives. The following list is comprised, not limited to, mental health issues women experience. There are many issues women may face throughout their lifespan, and while each woman is different, and thus may struggle with varying issues, all women can present in their own unique manner. Likewise, a woman may present with one symptom or many within a single mental health disorder, or a combination of several symptoms amongst several mental disorders. Read through the following brief descriptions of some of the most common female prevalent conditions, this can be a helpful guide in identifying what you or a loved one may be experiencing. Our practice is here to help women identify their feelings and symptoms.
Health and Therapy for Women
is a private practice owned and operated by a female Clinical Psychologist and Family Nurse Practitioner. Our practice offers integrative healthcare and mental health services exclusively for women and young girls (ages 12 years and older).
Monday 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Tuesday 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Wednesday 9:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Friday 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Saturday By appoinment