Good Mental Health is Essential to Overall Well-being
National Women’s Health Week is May 10-16
According to the National Institute for Mental Health (NIMH), more than 1 in 5 women in the United States experienced a mental health condition in the past year, such as depression or anxiety. National Women's Health Week each year serves as a reminder for women to make their health a priority and build positive health habits for life.
“As women, we tend to neglect our health and focus on everyone else, but it’s important to take care of ourselves as well,” said Bridget DeFiccio, LPC, Senior Vice President, Integrated Health Services. “Just as physical health is important, so is our mental well-being. This week should serve as a reminder to make mental health a priority every day of the year and to seek help if you are not feeling well.”
Mental disorders can affect women and men differently. Some are more common in women such as depression and anxiety and other disorders are more prevalent during times of hormonal changes. Researchers are only now beginning to tease apart the various biological and psychosocial factors that may impact the mental health of both women and men.
Here are eight warning signs women may be experiencing a mental health disorder:
- Persistent sadness or feelings of hopelessness
- Misuse of alcohol and/or drugs
- Decreased energy or fatigue
- Extremely high and low moods
- Aches, headaches, or digestive problems without a clear cause
- Social withdrawal
- Suicidal thoughts
“Don’t forget to carve out some time each day to do something you enjoy, whether it’s taking an exercise class, cooking, knitting or chatting with a friend,” added DeFiccio. “Any of these activities can boost your mood and benefit your overall health in a positive way.”