Women through various stages of life experience different stressors and challenges:
coping mechanism, self esteem, and skill building are used to help in making positive
changes toward a more fulfilling life.
Statistics on Depression and Women:
- One in four women will experience severe depression at some point in life.
- Depression is the number one cause of disability in women.
- In general, married women experience more depression than single women do, and
depression is common among young mothers who stay at home full-time with small children.
- Depression can put women at risk for suicide. While more men than women die from
suicide, women attempt suicide about twice as often as men do.
Depression impacts a personís physical, psychological, social and
emotional status. Loss of interest, sadness or low mood, feeling of worthlessness or guilt,
change in sleep habits, change in eating habits, decrease in energy, and thoughts of suicide
are some symptoms of depression. Depression is common among women, for one in four will
experience severe depression at some point in life, Depression is treatable and The Center
is equipped to help.
Anxiety is the unpleasant emotional affect, usually accompanied by
physiological sensation, characterized by worry, doubt and painful awareness that one is
powerless to control; situations. Some symptoms include: Excess sweating, trembling,
dizziness, heart palpitations, shortness of breath, gastrointestinal upset, hot flashes,
dry mouth, increased urination, fatigue and restlessness. Anxiety is a very treatable illness,
but if left untreated, anxiety can negatively affect oneís self worth, productivity and enjoyment of life.
Obsessivecompulsive disorder is very treatable. The issues of recurrent,
upsetting thoughts (called obsessions) and doing the same thing, over and over
(called compulsions) are pervasive and can inhibit daily actives. The obsessions, or
upsetting thoughts, can include thing like a fear of germs, a fear of being hurt, a fear
of hurting others, and disturbing religious or sexual thoughts. The compulsions, or
actions you repeat to make the thoughts go away, can be things like counting, cleaning,
hand washing, and checking on things. While these actions provide only short-lived relief,
not doing them only increases anxiety.
Stress and Trauma are unique in the lives of women. With the
combination of life stressors, traumatic events and pressures from many spectrums,
some individuals lack the skills to cope and live a life free of stress and trauma.
In therapy, one can learn skills and gain tools to positively cope and enhance daily
Body Image Issues and Self Esteem
Body image is how you see and feel about yourself and how you
think others perceive you. Good body image is important to mental and physical well-being
and it is defined by self-esteem, past experiences, messages from society, cultural pressures,
relationships and mood. Women are three (3) times more likely to have body image issues than
men. Sixty percent (60%) of women are dissatisfied with their bodies, and sixty six percent
(66%) express the desire to lose weight. Our society is bombarding us with images of
exceptionally thin women unrealistic standards. Although it may be challenging, it is
very possible to love and respect oneís body and The Center is committed to help you with
these issues of poor body image and self-esteem