How Do Mental Health Issues Affect Women?

Eight things you might not know

How Do Mental Health Issues Affect Women?

When it comes to mental health, it’s important to realise mental health issues impact women differently.

Here's eight things you might not know about mental health as a woman, thanks to Beyond Blue

  • 1 in 5 women in Australia will experience depression in their lifetime, while 1 in 3 will experience anxiety.
  • Women experience eating disorders at a higher rate than men.
  • There is an increased chance of depression and anxiety during pregnancy and the year following the birth of a baby. Up to 1 in 10 women experience depression while they are pregnant and 1 in 7 women experience depression during the first year after birth.
  • You may be depressed if for more than two weeks you feel sad of down. Some behaviors include: not going out anymore, not getting things done, relying on alcohol, inability to concentrate. Feelings might include guilt, being overwhelmed, irritable, unhappy, miserable or sad.
  • Anxiety is a normal reaction to stressful situations. The symptoms of anxiety are sometimes not all that obvious as they often develop gradually.You might already be feeling a bit more anxious than usual, so it can be hard to know how much is ‘too much’.
  • There's no one proven way that people recover from depression and anxiety, and it's different for everyone. However, there are a range of effective treatments and health professionals who can help you on the road to recovery. Find out more here.
  • Certain protective factors can help build people up and give skills and support to deal with challenges. These include: strong support networks, positive sence of identity, optimism, and access to support services.
  • You can check in with your own mental health at Beyond Blue. 

Australian readers seeking support and information about depression can contact Lifeline on 13 11 14.