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Women Mental Health Status

Women Mental Health Status

by: Dr. Ruby Ahuja
Consultant - Clinical Psychologists Paras Bliss, Panchkula

Some disorders are more common in women than men. The reason behind this is, women may experience these illnesses differently and the course of the illness can be affected by the gender of the individual. There is no single reason for this gap but multiple factors play their role like-biological, social, cultural, socio-economical etc. Common mental health disorders more commonly found in women than men are:

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Depression: Around 10 to 15% of women experience depression in their lives at some point. During their lifespan women undergo significant biological changes, these changes can lead to diseases, malfunction, or disruption. During the time of childbirth, hormones play a significant role which can initiate disorders like postpartum depression, postpartum blues etc. women also tend to develop a premenstrual dysphoric disorder.

Symptoms of depression are:

  • Persistent sadness or feelings of hopelessness
  • Dramatic changes in eating or sleeping habits
  • Appetite and/or weight changes
  • Decreased energy or fatigue
  • Excessive fear or worry
  • Extremely high and low moods
  • Aches and headaches
  • Digestive problems without a clear cause
  • Irritability/anger/aggression
  • Social withdrawal
  • Thoughts of suicide

Anxiety: Anxiety is a feeling that can disturb with daily activities like school work, job performance, and relationships. Many kinds of anxiety disorders are found which commonly include social anxiety disorder, panic disorder or anxiety disorder etc.

Symptoms of anxiety are:

  • Restlessness or feeling wound up or on edge
  • Difficulty in concentrating
  • Muscle tension
  • Difficulty controlling the worry
  • Sleep problems
  • Attacks of intense fear
  • Fear of places where panic attacks occurred in the past
  • The self-conscious feeling in front of people and worrying about feeling getting embarrassed, rejected, humiliated or fearful.
  • Having minds go blank

Eating Disorder: It is a fatal and serious disorder that can even cause severe disturbance to eating behaviors of the person. Obsessions and compulsion with weight, body shape, and food can also lead to eating disorder.

Common symptoms of the eating disorder are:

  • Extremely restricted eating or skipping meals
  • A relentless pursuit of thinness and unwillingness to maintain a normal or healthy weight
  • Intense fear of gaining weight
  • Distorted body image, a self-esteem that is heavily influenced by perceptions of body weight and shape, or a denial of the seriousness of low body weight

Other symptoms physiological symptoms that may develop over time, including:

  • Thinning of the bones (osteopenia or osteoporosis)
  • Anemia and muscle wasting and weakness
  • Brittle hair and nails
  • Dry and yellowish skin
  • Growth of fine hair all over the body (lanugo)
  • Severe constipation
  • Damage to the structure and function of the heart and brain
  • Multi-organ failure
  • Drop in internal body temperature, causing a person to feel cold all the time
  • Lethargy, sluggishness, or feeling tired all the time
  • Infertility
  • Low blood pressure, slowed breathing and pulse

Apart from these Binge Eating or emotional eating person eats more than the body requirement. The portion of the meal and the intervals between two meals is not normal. She might eat alone or secretly to avoid embarrassments

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