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Diversity & Health Equity Education: Women

Each year, 1 in 5 women in the United States has a mental health problem such as depression, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), or an eating disorder. Although women and men have similar rates of mental health problems, the types of mental conditions may differ.

Browse educational content specific or applicable to this patient population below:

Guides & Toolkits:

Best Practice Highlights: Working with Women Patients

Learn more about working with Women patients, including demographics, significant history, best practices and disparities.

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Mental Health Facts for Women

Research has identified disparities between women and men in regard to risk, prevalence, presentation, course, and treatment of mental disorders.


Mental Health Facts for Diverse Populations

Most racial/ethnic minority groups overall have similar—or in some cases, fewer—mental disorders than whites. However, the consequences of mental illness in minorities may be long lasting.


Intimate Partner Violence: A Guide for Psychiatrists Treating IPV Survivors

Although IPV affects individuals across race/ethnicity, gender, and socioeconomic background, minority women experience IPV at disproportionately high rates.

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Stress & Trauma Toolkit for Treating Women in a Changing Political and Social Environment

Bias against women has been documented for centuries around the globe, including in American culture specifically. These inequities continue to have harmful effects on women's mental health.

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Blogs & Articles:

APA Blog | AUG 16, 2019

For Women, Quitting Alcohol Can Lead to Improved Mental Well-Being

Psych News | JUL 4, 2019

Intimate Partner Homicide Least Studied, Most Common Form of Family Murder

Psych News | JUN 27, 2019

Factors to Keep in Mind When Prescribing to Pregnant Patients

APA Blog | MAY 14, 2019

Men, Women, and Differing Responses to Stress

APA Blog | APR 19, 2019

Infertility: The Impact of Stress and Mental Health

APA Blog | MAR 4, 2019

New Recommendations May Help Prevent Depression in New Mothers

APA Blog | MAR 3, 2019

Celebrating Women's History Month and Resilience

APA Blog | FEB 1, 2019

Eating Disorders, Weight-Shaming and "Clean" Eating

APA Blog | NOV 9, 2018

Pregnancy-Related Depression

APA Blog | OCT 23, 2018

Emotional Support a Critical Part of Care for Breast Cancer Survivors

APA Blog | OCT 8, 2018

The Psychological Effects of Sexual Assault

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