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.