Women's Mental Health
Mental illnesses can affect women at any time regardless of age, race or income. Women may experience mental illnesses differently than men - some disorders are more common in women, and can express themselves with different symptoms.
Research shows that nearly twice as many women as men are affected by a depressive or anxiety disorder. Common mental illnesses affecting women are depression, eating disorders, anxiety disorders, postpartum, and bipolar disorder.
More than two-thirds of American women interviewed for an American Psychiatric Association survey say that the nation’s sagging economy has negatively affected their lives and the lives of their loved ones. The findings also indicate women may be neglecting their own needs while focusing on other concerns.
Watch Real Stories. Real Lives.
Short video messages from women telling their stories.
Joanne's message about bipolar disorder and a partnership of care
Cynthia's message about depression and hope.
Lisa's message about bipolar disorder and not giving up.
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Listen to a personal story
Cynthia talks about living with depression:
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