people and mental health

Most Common Mental Health Issues in Women

Mental health issues can affect anyone regardless of gender, age, or race, but there are some mental health issues that are more common among people or that people experience differently than men. Women are typically more likely to experience a mental health condition at some point in their lives with nearly 24% of American people have experienced a mental health disorder in the past year.

Because so many people experience mental health issues, it’s important to know what the most common conditions are so you can detect symptoms early and get treatment if necessary.

The most common mental health issues in people and how to seek support

The World Health Organization states that people are two times more likely than men to develop depression, eating disorders, and panic disorders. Women are also more likely to experience intense physical symptoms related to these disorders such as fatigue, loss of appetite, restlessness, nausea, and headaches.

Depression is one of the most common mental health issues people experience, affecting about 12% of women. Depression causes feelings of overwhelming sadness, apathy, or worthlessness and can be episodic or chronic. Warning signs of depression can include loss of interest in activities, change in appetite, or feelings of hopelessness.

Another common mental health condition many people face is panic disorder. Stemming from anxiety, another common mental health condition in women, panic disorder is diagnosed in individuals who experience spontaneous and unexpected panic attacks. Panic attacks can culminate from excessive anxiety and worry about ordinary activities or events such as health, family, or money. Warning signs of anxiety and panic disorder include constant nervousness, a sense of impending doom, increased heart rate, difficulty concentrating, and difficulty falling/staying asleep.

Women also experience eating disorders at a much higher rate than their male counterparts. This increased rate of eating disorders is largely due to sociocultural factors like the sexualization of women. Society’s idea of what a perfect person should look like aids in females and assigned female at birth developing negative self-image and poor self-esteem. The pressure to be physically perfect leads many people to develop disorders like anorexia and bulimia. If you are preoccupied with your weight, food intake, dieting, exercise, or you are having obsessive thoughts about your body image, these could be warning signs that you are developing an eating disorder.

If you are experiencing one or more mental health conditions, it’s important to seek treatment and support as early as possible. Mental health professionals are available to help you receive the treatment you need to start your road to recovery. If you are looking for the right mental health professional for you, ask for a referral from your primary care provider. You could also look into joining a support group to discuss your struggles with like-minded people who understand what you are going through. If you need a more structured healing journey, programs like Journey Home Young Adult can help.

Journey Home Young Adult Can Help

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