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International Women’s Day

International Women’s Day (IWD) was earlier this week on March 8th, which provides us with another opportunity to focus on women’s mental health. IWD is a day to celebrate the achievements of women globally, while also creating awareness for equality and parity.  While both men and women can suffer from the same mental health disorders, they may experience symptoms differently. Hormonal changes may further change the way a woman experiences the symptoms of common mental health disorders.

Depression and anxiety are more commonly diagnosed in women, often in relationship to the perinatal period. The perinatal period is the time during pregnancy through the year following birth. Warning signs and symptoms can include persistent sadness, hopelessness, changes in eating or sleeping patterns, irritability, excessive fear or worry, social withdrawal, or suicidal thoughts.

While most women will seek medical attention for physical symptoms, it is just as important to seek care for psychological symptoms. When you fly, they always instruct you during the emergency procedures to put on your own oxygen mask before you help others. Seeking help for mental health symptoms can help women overcome roadblocks and aid in helping them reach their goals.


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