Women’s Issues Regarding Mental Health
The lives of most people involve some joy and some pain. The latter has a tendency to affect mental health. Some tragedies including domestic violence, assault, or loss of a loved one can cause this pain. Fortunately, there are techniques and people to turn to in times of tragedy like this. Having someone to talk to who may change your perspective about the matter and thinking about the positive aspects can be of benefit, as well as talking over the best solutions to such problems. One factor which may also affect mental health for women is the change in physical health. The change in hormone levels due to the monthly cycle can affect mood and cause irritation and tears.
In the developed world, women represent about 65 percent of patients in mental institutions. There are two common explanations of this situation. One is the social factors, women are more likely to be diagnosed to have a mental illness because of sex-role stereotyping, which presumes that women are prone to emotional stress because of social factors specific to their gender role. The other factor is that women can find themselves more anxious, depressed or fearful. Women’s disadvantaged social status can sometimes generate a greater level of mental health problems.
Certain mental health disorders are more prevalent in women. Disorders includes: depression, anxiety and specific phobias, post-traumatic stress syndrome (PTSD), eating disorder, and Schizophrenia. Depression is thought to be the most common mental disorder. The number of women diagnosed to have it is roughly double that of men. It may not seem obvious to others if someone is experiencing it, but the illness is upsetting and unbearable. Feeling anxious about aspects in life may not be considered as a problem for most people. Just like depression, the number of women who are affected by PTSD is twice as much as men. Women account for at least 65 percent of binge-eating disorder cases. Some women do eat too much to cope with depression. Schizophrenia is an illness that can cause a person to have difficulty in deciding what is real and what is not.
Some research studies in issues related to women’s mental health include: the differences in brain development that provide insights into the treatment and prevention of depression; mood and memory processes in women that may make it harder for them to quit smoking; effects of estrogen on memory, behavior, cognition, and emotion, and particularly how estrogen seems to increase rates of PTSD and depression; genetics specific to women that may contribute to alcoholism. It is important that women recognize the need to have good mental health. No one is exempt in feeling anxious and worried from time to time. But it is easy to notice when a woman is experiencing so, because she may display a negative disposition that may influence her ability to function normally. We all know that most mental health disorders do not have an exact cause. It may result from a combination of life events, genes, brain chemicals, and hormones.
It is not our fault if we experiencing such issues. We should not keep ourselves from it because it will not help us if we do not face it, and often this can lead to the worst outcome. It is better if you reach out to others for help like a psychologist, psychiatrist or even your family. Always keep in mind that mental illness should not be taken lightly, thus, it should be treated immediately. If treatment is successful, you can enjoy your life again.
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