Women may experience certain biological, environmental, and psychosocial challenges related to gender, and these concerns can have a significant impact on mental health and well-being. These issues, and many others, are often able to be addressed in therapy with the help of a mental health professional.
A study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) found that not only are women more likely to experience mental health concerns such as depression or anxiety, women also experience mental distress at higher rates than men do in all age brackets. Researchers continue to explore the various biological, environmental, and psychosocial factors potentially contributing to these differences.
Some mental health concerns commonly experienced by women include:
Women may also be more likely than men to experience certain mental health concerns:
Eating disorders such as bulimia and anorexia nervosa are clinically reported at rates of 10 to 1.
Postpartum depression and psychosis are largely experienced by women, although men are increasingly reporting the experience of baby blues, or paternal postnatal depression.
In general, women are more likely than men to experience serious mental health concerns that impact daily function. This remains true across all age groups.
Please note that the above is provided as information only and is not meant to be used as a diagnosis or take the place of professional counselling services.