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Mental Health Issues in Women

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Mental health issues occur irrespective of gender, race or age. However, due to social and biological factors, women are more likely to suffer from certain mental illnesses.

What are common mental illnesses in women?

Depression is common mental health issue among young women. Research indicates that women are twice as likely as men to get depression. The frequency and severity of symptoms differ from one person to another, but some of the common signs and symptoms include:

  • Depression
    • Irritability
    • Tiredness
    • Loss of interest in hobbies or exciting activities
    • Feelings of hopelessness
    • Thoughts of suicide

Depression in women can be effectively treated with the right combination of medications, psychotherapy and lifestyle modifications

  • Anxiety

    Anxiety disorder is another common mental health issue in women. Common symptoms include:

    • Irritability
    • Nervousness
    • Fatigue
    • Difficulty concentrating
    • Insomnia
    • Sweating or trembling


  • Eating Disorders

    Eating disorders are most common among women with nearly twice as many cases as men. Risk factors include:

    • Chronic dieting
    • Family history of eating disorder
    • Poor body image
    • Being a victim of body shaming


  • Postpartum depression

Having a baby is a very exciting time, yet it is likely to trigger certain mental health issues in some women. Postpartum depression is common in women with a history of anxiety, depression or trauma.


  • Bipolar disorder

Men and women are equally likely to have a bipolar disorder. However, women are more often affected by Bipolar II disorder. Women also tend to experience rapid cycles between highs and lows. Changing hormones that occur during menstrual cycles and menopause may also have an influence on the severity of the bipolar disorder.


  • Borderline Personality Disorder

Borderline personality disorder impacts a person’s moods resulting in unstable or impulsive behaviour. It can adversely affect the patient’s work and family life. Research indicates that women are more likely than men to have this mental issue.


Tips for Women’s Mental health

  • Eat a Nutritious and Balanced Diet

Eating healthy foods not only improves a person’s mood but also improves their physical health. It is advisable to avoid fried or sugary foods, consume alcohol and coffee in moderation to avoid.

  • Exercise Regularly

Regular physical activity improves sleep patterns and even reduces stress levels. It may also help in managing depression and anxiety.

  • Get a job that you love

A stressful work environment is likely to worsen a woman’s mental health issue. A change of job can give her a new sense of purpose while improving symptoms of her mental illness.

Dr Meghna, one of the best psychotherapists in Hyderabad, has a passion for women’s mental health. She offers psychological assessments that account for gender specific aspects which help her in identifying a treatment plan that suits you the best.

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