HomeArticle"You are worth more than your darkness", here are the few Mental health problems found in women. Know about its causes, symptoms, and remedies
"You are worth more than your darkness", here are the few Mental health problems found in women. Know about its causes, symptoms, and remedies
Updated On 25 Apr, 2017 Published On 25 Apr, 2017
Some of the common mental health problems found in women are Depression, anxiety, eating disorders, Post traumatic stress disorder and borderline personality disorder. Know about its causes, symptoms and remedies.
Mental health disorders and illnesses are one of the world's common health problems as it can affect any gender or race.
Despite the fact that such illnesses have gained much attention and awareness since the past few years, a significant number of people, particularly women, are not getting access to right treatment and medical help.
Millions of American women are living with various types of mental illness and a recent study has also reported that women are 40% more likely than men to develop mental illness.
So, ladies, it's time to gear up and talk about your feelings and problems without any fear of being humiliated or isolated as we are here to help you know the five most common mental health problems that women suffer from.
1. Depression and Anxiety
Depression and anxiety are one of the most common yet serious mental illnesses that women suffer from more as compared to men.
Eating Disorder can cause severe harm to one's health if it's not checked or diagnosed earlier. So, it's important to know the symptoms of this disease before it's too late.
Some of the symptoms of eating disorders are as follows:
Isolation from social functions or friends
Fasting and chronic dieting
Eating alone or hiding food
Excessive eating and fasting
Eating disorder is not quite visible and anyone who's suffering from this disease too doesn't be more concerned about this condition. But, proper diagnosis is must and it can be treated by several ways like:
1. Counseling from a nutritionist: Seeking an expert nutritionist would help in restore weight and balance the abnormal weight of the patient. He/She can also provide proper guidance and diet chart for normal eating.
2. Medical care and monitoring: As this is a psychological problem, monitoring the eating pattern of the patient are very important and the side effects of disorders in health must be addressed to medical experts right away.
3. Therapy: It is also one of the reliable methods of treating disorders. By the help of experts or family or a group, we can find out the major cause behind the rise of this problem and work on to it.
3. Post-traumatic Stress Disorder
Posttraumatic Stress Disorder is a type of anxiety disorder which affects a person after a traumatic incident like wars, accident, catastrophe, or sexual and mental abuse, domestic violence, drug abuse and so on.
PTSD generally deals with a person's ability to cope with the incident he/she's gone through and experts state that women find it more difficult to move on or even express their emotions regarding the trauma. They tend to undergo emotional turmoil, self-blame, guilt and loss of self-respect and confidence.
They tend to undergo emotional turmoil, self-blame, guilt and loss of self-respect and confidence.
Stress due to flashbacks of the events
Recurring dreams and nightmares
Isolation from friends and family
Increased irritability and anger
Lack of concentration and hyper-vigilance
Lack of trust in other people, paranoid
PTSD can be treated by many ways but before going for any treatment it's important to talk with your doctor first. Some of the most practiced treatment include:
Counseling: Counseling is generally expressing your feelings and memories with your therapist in order to move on and feel better. Therapies like Cognitive therapy, Exposure therapy, and Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) can be used.
SSRI Medicine: SSRIs (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors) are a type of antidepressant medicine. These can help you feel less sad and worried. They appear to be helpful, and for some people, they are very effective. SSRIs include fluoxetine (such as Prozac), paroxetine (Paxil), and sertraline (Zoloft).
Women tend to suffer from BPD more as compared to men due to various psychological and biological factors including Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Death in a family, abandonment from a parent, genetic or hormonal reasons, Premenstrual Stress, Post-Partum Depression, Sexual abuse, victims of crime and so on.
Peculiar symptoms of BPD include:
Distance from real world
A pattern of unstable and intense interpersonal relationships characterized by alternating between extremes of idealization and devaluation
Loss of identity
Emotional instability due to significant reactivity of mood (e.g., intense episodic dysphoria, irritability, or anxiety usually lasting a few hours and only rarely more than a few days)
Chronic feelings of emptiness
Inappropriate, intense anger or difficulty controlling anger (e.g., frequent displays of temper, constant anger, recurrent physical fights)
Transient, stress-related paranoid thoughts or severe dissociative symptoms
Borderline Personality Disorder is not chronic and can be treated with expert medical help.
The main treatment for BPD is psychotherapy which can be classified as:
-Dialectical Behaviour therapy.: A psychotherapy where a therapist teaches you to regulate emotions and handle distress.
-Transference-focused psychotherapy: In this process, new skills are taught to guide your relationship with family, friends and work colleagues.
- Medication: Antidepressants and anti-anxiety medications can be used as prescribed by the doctor.
Further research and analysis can make us understand more about women's mental health issues and we hope that the targeted treatments would improve the condition of women's mental health.