You may have a lot going in in your life right now, you could be a career woman, a mother, a wife/partner, a daughter, a sister, an auntie and a member of the community. You feel the pressure to “do it all.” You don’t want to give anything up. Yet, you know that if you will try to do it all, you will be exhausted. Before you pull your hair out, know that you can be great without draining yourself completely. You don’t need super-woman powers to get it all done. You have a choice to regain yourself each day and in each moment.
Facts about Women's Issues
- Depressive disorders account for close to 41.9% of the disability from neuropsychiatric disorders among women compared to 29.3% among men.
- Leading mental health problems of the older adults are depression, organic brain syndromes and dementias. A majority are women.
- An estimated 80% of 50 million people affected by violent conflicts, civil wars, disasters, and displacement are women and children.
- Lifetime prevalence rate of violence against women ranges from 16% to 50%.
- At least one in five women suffer rape or attempted rape in their lifetime.
Possible Causes of Women's Issues
- Depression. Women are twice as likely as men (12% of women compared to 6% of men) to get depression;
- Anxiety and specific phobias. Although men and women are affected equally by such mental health conditions as obsessive-compulsive disorder and social phobias, women are twice as likely as men to have panic disorder, generalised anxiety, and specific phobias;
- Post-traumatic stress syndrome (PTSD). Women are twice as likely to develop PTSD following a traumatic event;
- Suicide attempts. Men die from suicide at four times the rate that women do, but women attempt suicide two or three times more often than men;
- Eating disorders. Women account for at least 85% of all anorexia and bulimia cases and 65% of binge-eating disorder cases.