If you are a woman experiencing depression, an anxiety disorder, or another mental health condition, you are not alone. According to a recent survey by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, 29 million American women, or about 23 percent of the female population, have experienced a diagnosable mental health-related disorder in the last year alone.
- Depression. Women are twice as likely as men (12 percent of women compared to 6 percent 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, generalized anxiety, and specific phobias.
- Post-traumatic stress syndrome (PTSD). Women are twice as likely to develop PTSD following a traumatic event.
- Suicide attempts. Women attempt suicide two or three times more often than men.
- Eating disorders. Women account for at least 85 percent of all anorexia and bulimia cases and 65 percent of binge-eating disorder cases.
If you’re feeling overwhelmed by the demands of being a woman, therapy might be of great benefit to you. Our practice can provide you with a non-judgmental and safe space to process these concerns. Together we can work on prioritizing self-care, establishing boundaries, improving self-esteem, processing traumatic experiences, and managing mental health symptoms.