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Women's Mental Health

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:

Best Practice Highlights: Working with Women Patients

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

Mental Health Facts for Women (.pdf)

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 (.pdf)

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.

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.

Maternal Mental Health Toolkit

Resources and facts about mental health for individuals considering pregnancy, currently pregnant, or postpartum as well as practitioners.

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