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Women's Mental Health

According to research published by the American Psychiatric Association:


Each year, 1 in 5 women in the United States has a mental health problem such as depression, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), or an eating disorder.  


  • Depression – The most common mental health problem in women is depression. Twice as many women experience depression in their lifetime than men. Approximately 1 in 9 women 18 and older have had at least one major depressive episode in the past year.


  • PTSD – Compared with men, women are twice as likely to experience Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.


  • Anxiety – Women are twice as likely as men to experience generalized anxiety disorder or panic disorder.


  • Suicide – Women attempt suicide more often than men; however, men are four times more likely to die by suicide.


  • Eating Disorders – Approximately 85%-95% of people with anorexia nervosa or bulimia and 65% of people with binge eating disorder are women.


  • Schizophrenia – Rates of schizophrenia are similar among men and women. Schizophrenia generally appears in women in their late twenties or early thirties; and in men, from late teens to early twenties.


  • Alcohol use – Women are less likely to experience alcohol use disorder than men.


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