Johannesburg Psychiatrist

Female Mental Health

What does Female Mental Health mean?

Mental health is not just the absence of disease but rather means to be in a state of emotional and psychological well being. Women and men may be affected by mental illness differently. Some illnesses such as anxiety and depression occur more often in women than in men. Women may also have some mental illnesses that are unique to their gender, such as premenstrual dysphoric disorder, where they may have difficulties with their mood at certain times of the menstrual cycle. Additionally, hormonal changes may affect women’s well being. Women may experience depression after the birth of a baby or when they begin menopause.

Some illnesses mentioned above can affect women in various roles and stages of life. Women with depression after the birth of a child may find that it is harder for them to adapt to their new role as a mother. Similarly, depression may affect libido and how one views oneself and women may find that their self esteem and relationships may be affected. Memory and concentration as well as motivation and energy levels may also be affected with far reaching implications involving family, career and leisure activities. Maintaining mental health is vital for everyone but female mental health care is specifically tailored to women.