From childbirth to breast cancer to menopause, women’s issues are diverse. Physical health issues affect mental health issues and the opposite is true as well. Mental health disorders affect women and men but may affect each gender differently; men and women may have different symptoms and certain mental health issues are more common in women than men. It is helpful to know more about the women’s issues in order to consider current care and preventive care measures. Seeking help from trained professionals is an important first step to self-care if you think you may have a physical, emotional, or mental health concern.
A detailed discussion of health concerns for women is found on the National Institutes of Health’s website (http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/womenshealth.html). Discussions of heart disease, cancer, stroke, lung disease, Alzheimer’s disease, kidney disease, diabetes, and other health issues that affect women are found on the same website.Talking with a medical doctor can help you to stay aware of preventive measures and current care measures for your health concerns.
The mental disorders affecting women are found on the National Institute of MentalHealth’s website (http://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/topics/women-and-mental-health/index.shtml) and include:
- Anxiety Disorders, including obsessive compulsive disorder, panic disorder, post traumatic stress disorder, social phobia, and generalized anxiety disorders.
- Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD, ADD)
- Bipolar Disorder
- Borderline Personality Disorder
- Postpartum depression
- Eating Disorders
The same website has detailed discussions of each disorder. Professional counselors, marriage and family therapists, psychologists, psychiatrists and other mental health professionals can help with these disorders.
Alcohol and drug use are also important health issues for women; there are differences between men and women as far as how long alcohol and drugs stay in a women’s system (longer for higher intake or usage) and the degree of long term negative effects such as disease and body organ damage (for women, greater) with a detailed discussion found at: (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK83244/ ) Talking with mental health professionals and medical doctors can help with these concerns.