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Women Mental Health and Some Facts

Women mental health is one of the The prevalence of psychiatric disorders that is increasing at an alarming rate. Despite being very common the mental illnesses are being under diagnosed and under reported. The general population is very reluctant to seek help too, stigma being the biggest hurdle especially in the third world countries.

Determination of women mental health and mental illness:

Gender determines the differential power and control men and women that have over the socioeconomic determinants of their mental health and lives. Further, their social position, status and treatment in society and their susceptibility. Gender differences have been reported in age of onset of symptoms, frequency of psychotic symptoms, course of these disorders, social adjustment and long term outcome.

Facts of Women Mental Health:

  • 41.9%  depressive disorders of the disability from neuropsychiatric disorders among women compared to 29.3% among men.
  • Majority of women’s  leading mental health problems ,depression, organic brain syndromes and dementia’s.
  • An authentic research shows that 80% of 50 million people affected by violent conflicts. Like as civil wars, disasters, and displacement are women and children.
  • Violence against women ranges from 16% to 50%, Like as 1/5 women suffer rape attempted in their life.

Why Womens are More Vulnerable to Psychiatric Disorders?

It is essential that women look after their mental health although busy lifestyles that make this difficult. More women than men are the main carer for their children and they may care for other dependent relatives too. Women are 10 times more involved in household chores and elderly care then men in Pakistan.

Other issues of Women’s Life:

Women’s often juggle multiple roles they may be mothers. Partners and carers as well as doing paid work and running a household. But their is another issues of women that are over represented in low income. Low status jobs often part-time and are more likely to live in poverty than men. Majority of the women are financially dependent on men. Hence more vulnerable to the injustice ,violence and inequality in their rights.

Physical and sexual abuse of girls and women’s:

Working mainly in the home on housework and concerns about personal safety can make women particularly isolated. Physical and sexual abuse of girls and women can have a long-term impact on their mental health. Domestic violence and divorce considered to be a taboo makes women more psychologically  vulnerable.

Women’s are affecting  mental health problems than men. Some women feel it hard to talk about difficult feelings and ‘internalise’ them, which can lead to problems such as depression and eating disorders.

Difference Challenges of Women’s in Our Society:

Less educated women’s and qualified women’s face the problems in every society. An artificial divide between production and reproduction, has placed women in reproductive roles as mothers. Wives in the private arena of home and men in a productive role as breadwinners in the public arena.

Phenomenon of Highly Educated Women’s:

Women with requisite educational qualification also find the employers. Don’t have the ability to address the needs of their women employees. This partly explains the phenomenon of highly educated women for example doctors opting out of careers they are qualified for. Their degrees or their qualifications are often seen as an asset in terms of improving their marriage prospects. Rather than contributing to society at large .The conflict of their passion and their responsibilities males them more vulnerable to mental health issues.


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