Women’s Mental Health
Happy Women’s History Month! Since 1982, the United States has designated March as Women’s History Month to annually acknowledge and celebrate the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women in addition to raising awareness about continued gender inequalities still being faced today.
For hundreds of years, doctors were diagnosing women with “hysteria” to explain away symptoms of other disorders, from endometriosis to mental health issues. It wasn’t until the late 20th century when women began to challenge societal norms that people began to recognize and validate women’s mental health issues. Additionally, nearly all research (including clinical and drug studies) was based on the experiences and symptoms of white, cisgender men. Because of this, many women went undiagnosed or misdiagnosed despite advancements in medical science.
According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, it is currently estimated that 1 in 5 women has a mental health diagnosis. Depression is the most commonly diagnosed mental illness in women, with twice as many women experiencing depression than men. Many women also face unique challenges that impact their ability to access appropriate mental health care such as:
- Economic Barriers: On average, women who are full-time workers earn about one-fourth less than their male counterparts. Poverty rates are also higher for women in every age group.
- Time Barriers: Women are often primary caregivers to both minor children and dependent adults. It can be difficult to find time to take off work, find reliable child care, or have access to dependable transportation.
- Intimate Partner Violence: About 1 in 3 women have experienced sexual violence, physical violence, and/or stalking by an intimate partner in their lifetime. In addition to the stigma and shame often experienced, controlling partners may make access to care difficult or unsafe.
- Antidepressant Side Effects: While there is no clear evidence of gender differences in the effectiveness of antidepressant medications, women are more likely to report experiencing adverse side effects than men.
Statistics courtesy of the National Alliance on Mental Illness.
At Sage, we offer truly integrated and custom care to meet you where you are at. Not only do we offer counseling services at a low cost, but we have therapists that specialize in women’s issues, as well as virtual and in-person intensive outpatient programs for behavioral health and substance use. If you’re struggling with antidepressant side effects and have tried other options, our TMS services may be right for you. And finally, our Primary Care services will work with your provider to ensure you receive wraparound care that addresses both your physical and mental health care needs.
What’s New at Sage?
Sage Returns to In-Person Appointments
Starting February 28, all appointments for individual therapy, medication management, and other services will be scheduled for in-person. There will be no changes in our current IOP and group telehealth options. Visit our website to learn more.
Wellness: Building Healthy Boundaries
Knowing our boundaries and setting boundaries are two very different hurdles. Setting boundaries is often a skill that needs to be learned, and it takes even more practice to uphold your boundaries. To start setting your boundaries straight, read our latest Wellness Wednesday blog.
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