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.