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Many women find that they have issues in common stemming from the culture in which they are raised, or find that some of their personal struggles are related to the way in which they are raised as women. Women often find it difficult to develop the parts of themselves that have traditionally been seen as masculine, such as being independent, self-assured, competitive or standing up for their own interests, and often feel confined by roles that are traditionally feminine. They may struggle to find a balance between embracing the feminine parts of themselves that are of value and allowing themselves to develop beyond cultural expectations. Psychotherapy can be effective in offering women a forum in which to explore their predicament, challenge roles that they do not want to embrace and to move forward in ways that are more satisfying.
Mental disorders affect women and men almost equally. However, certain disorders, such as major depression and dysthymia (a less severe but often more chronic form of depression), affect women much more than men. Additionally, anxiety disorders affect approximately 2-3 times as many women as men. The eating disorders anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa also occur more frequently in women; together they affect up to 2% of adolescent girls and young women, and the prevalence of both is increasing. Finally, females are more likely than males to be victims of childhood sexual abuse, domestic violence, and rape.
Women are also reared to be responsible for families and relationships, which brings added stress - they may be raising children in single parent homes, or working both in and outside the house with little help or support. In addition, mood disorders related to reproduction, such as premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PDD) and postpartum and perimenopausal depression can cause significant functional impairment in women. Genetic, hormonal, life stress and other psychosocial factors all appear to play a part in the origins and course of mood disorders leaving women at a much higher risk.
Psychotherapy can be highly effective in helping to identify underlying problem areas while finding more adaptive coping responses to deal with the many stressors in a modern woman's life.
If you want more information about women’s issues, want to discuss your particular needs, or want to schedule an appointment, call out offices today. We can help you select the therapist that best meets your needs.
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