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Women - Mental Health and Suicide
Am I Depressed? How to Tell If You’re Depressed or Just Feeling Down
Gender and Women’s Mental Health
Despite being common, mental illness is underdiagnosed by doctors. Less than half of those who meet diagnostic criteria for psychological disorders are identified by doctors. Patients, too, appear reluctant to seek professional help. Only 2 in every 5 people experiencing a mood, anxiety or substance use disorder seeking assistance in the year of the onset of the disorder.
Why Women are Less Likely to Commit Suicide
Many studies have identified a strong link between suicide and diagnosable mental illness, especially depression. So because women suffer from depression at a much higher rate than men, they would seem to be at higher risk for suicide. But women actually commit suicide about one-fourth as often as men.
Major depression forms the background of upwards of half of all suicides. Women are twice as likely as men to experience major depression, yet women are one fourth as likely as men to take their own lives.
Women’s Mental Health
Mental illnesses can affect women at any time regardless of age, race or income. Women may experience mental illnesses differently than men - some disorders are more common in women, and can express themselves with different symptoms.