Expert says women are more likely to have mental health issues

Mental disorders affect millions of people around the world, with a considerable increase in the number of cases among women in particular.
But what many people wonder is what makes a person have these disorders. In fact, not just one, but several factors are associated with the development of a mental disorder.

Important agents of social change, women are references within their families and represent a fundamental part of the workforce, among other activities that make their routine very busy. For this reason, they often forget the essential: taking care of their mental health.

As if the many duties performed were not enough, they are still often subject to various internal and external stressors that affect their emotional stability.

For the World Health Organization (WHO), which specifies that the mental health of women is affected by their living context and by external socio-cultural, economic, infrastructural or environmental factors, the transformation of these factors would be ideal for prevention. primary mental illness. women.

According to the psychiatrist, Dr. Rogério Jesus, several potentiating problems can contribute to the mental illness of women because they are daily vulnerable to social, emotional and aesthetic pressures. “Besides the structural problems of society such as the allocation of domestic tasks, there are still physical, psychological and emotional abuses, sometimes the lack of moments of leisure and rest, economic problems, such as the financial dependence of the family, poor quality of life, sexual repression and/or submission to the partner, relational vulnerability and even biological processes and hormonal disorders, are situations that can affect their psychological state,” he pointed out.

Disorders that affect women the most

According to the specialist, the most common psychological disorders in women are depression, anxiety, disorders related to the puerperium, compulsion, anorexia and bulimia, problems that require professional help.

WHO data indicates that Brazil is the country with the most cases of depression in Latin America, with approximately 5.8% of the population suffering from the disease. Yet, in the relationship between men and women, cases in women have a 30% increase compared to men.

According to Dr. Rogério, the disease affects twice as many women as men and is the main cause of work incapacity. “Depression affects women a lot, because the possibility that they take the problems for themselves is much greater than men, who tend to turn it off and can sometimes transfer it to things in their environment like depression. alcohol for example”, she underlines.

Compared to other disorders developed by women, the psychiatrist highlights that of generalized anxiety, social phobia and panic syndrome. As for the disorders associated with the puerperium, such as postpartum depression, he points out that the disease affects between 10 and 15% of women and, in addition to being considered very common in Brazil, it can even affect the development of the fetus. .

The doctor also explains that there are situations in which it is possible to predict and prevent the development of a certain type of mental disorder in women, however, there are other situations in which it is almost inevitable that the person becomes immune to some of them, however, he reminds that certain care is essential and can work together to promote your mental health. “Take care of self-esteem, have emotional resilience, in order to be able to overcome adverse situations, with the help, if necessary, of a professional psychologist or psychiatrist, to think more positively, to develop social skills for problem solving, managing stress and developing self-control, engaging in regular physical activity, making time for hobbies, seeking personal and professional fulfillment, moving away from toxic and abusive relationships can minimize the possibility of developing psychological disorders,” he pointed out.

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