Women & Anxiety, Depression, and Co-Occurring Disorders
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The Women’s Mental Health Special Interest Group (SIG) creates a place for clinicians and researchers to discuss, debate, and address issues relevant to the understanding and treatment of women suffering from anxiety and depression and related disorders. Learn more here.
Anxiety disorders are illnesses that involve more than temporary worry, stress, or fear. When normal stress becomes difficult to control and interferes with daily activities such as work, school and relationships, it could greatly affect one's quality of life. Click here to learn more about women and anxiety.
Body Dysmorphia Disorder
Most of us have something we don't like about our appearance — a crooked nose, an uneven smile, or eyes that are too large or too small. And though we may fret about our imperfections, they don’t interfere with our daily lives. But people who have body dysmorphic disorder (BDD) think about their real or perceived flaws for hours each day. Click here to learn more about BDD.
Eating disorders are illnesses that involve irregular eating habits and a severe concern about body weight, shape or overall appearance. They affect both genders, although rates among women and girls are 2.5 times greater than among men and boys. Click here to learn more about women and eating disorders.
Every day, women face many different stressors as they serve multiple roles in life as a mother, wife, employee, caregiver, and more. Feeling sad, lonely and scared are normal reactions to these stressors however, for individuals who are diagnosed with depression, the manifestations of the low mood are much more severe. Click here to learn more about women and depression.
Many women may experience transient physical and emotional changes around the time of their period1. These symptoms are usually mild and tolerable but when it becomes uncontrollable and debilitating, it may interfere with a woman's quality of life. Click here to learn more about PMS and PPD.
Following childbirth, other known as "postpartum", women may experience postpartum disorders that can affect their mental health. The high hormonal changes and fluctuations that occur during and after childbirth could cause mothers to feel intense mood swings called "the baby blues" which affects 80% of mothers. Click here to learn more about postpartum disorders.
- Child Mind Institute
- Food and Drug Administration Office of Women's Health provides these links:
- Depression—Medicines to Help You. Use this information to help you talk to your doctor.
- Women in Clinical Trials: Why should women participate in clinical trials? Medical products can affect men and women differently. Sometimes women have different side effects. It is important that women participate to show if products are safe and work well in both men and women. En Español
- Pregnancy Registries: Many women need to take medicine while they are pregnant. Enrolling in a pregnancy exposure registry can help improve safety information for medicines used during pregnancy and can be used to update drug labeling. Learn more about how you can help.
- Free publications on a variety of health topics in English, Spanish, and other languages.
- National Women's Health Resource Center