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Women and mental health — know the facts

Each year, one in five women in the United States has a mental health problem such as depression, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) or an eating disorder. – American Psychiatric Association

About 80 percent of people with eating disorders are women, which has the highest overall mortality rate of any mental illness. – Homewood Health

Certain types of disorders are unique to women. For example, some women may experience symptoms of mental disorders at times of hormone change, such as perinatal depression, premenstrual dysphoric disorder and perimenopause-related depression. – National Institute of Mental Health

Depression occurs most frequently in women ages 25 to 44. – Mental Health America

The most common mental health problem in women is depression. Twice as many women experience depression in their lifetime as men. Approximately one in nine women 18 and older have had at least one major depressive episode in the past year. – American Psychiatric Association

Nearly 26 percent of young women have self-harmed – more than twice the rate of young men. – Homewood Health

Having a mental health crisis? Don’t suffer in silence. Call the National Mental Health Hotline at (866) 903-3787.

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