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Common Behavioral Health Concerns Among Women in the US

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If you’re struggling with managing a mental health disorder on your own, getting an accurate diagnosis can bring you clarity and understanding. The proper treatment can give you the support and tools to change your perspective and create healthier habits that make you feel stronger, more confident, and more balanced.

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Anxiety: Anxiety is a common condition that can cause feelings of fear, worry, and apprehension. Women are estimated to be twice as likely as men to experience anxiety disorders.

Depression: Depression can cause feelings of sadness, hopelessness, and loss of interest in activities. It is estimated that 21 million adults had at least one major depressive episode in 2020, with women being more likely to experience depression than men.

Bipolar disorder: Bipolar disorder is a condition that causes extreme mood swings, ranging from depression to mania. It is estimated that up to 2.9% of women in the US have bipolar disorder.

Eating disorders: Conditions like anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa require prompt diagnosis and treatment. In their lifetimes, up to 4% of females may suffer from anorexia nervosa and 3% from bulimia nervosa.

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD): PTSD can develop after experiencing or witnessing a traumatic event, such as a natural disaster, assault, or military combat. Women are estimated to be twice as likely than men to experience PTSD.

Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD): OCD can cause obsessive thoughts and compulsive behaviors. OCD affects 2-3% of people in the US.

Borderline personality disorder (BPD): BPD can cause intense and unstable emotions, impulsive behavior, and difficulties with relationships. Nearly 75% of people diagnosed with BPD are women.

Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD): ADHD can cause hyperactivity, impulsivity, and difficulties with attention and focus. It is estimated that women are less likely than men to be diagnosed with ADHD but are more likely to experience inattentive symptoms.

Generalized anxiety disorder (GAD): GAD is a condition that can cause excessive and persistent worry and anxiety.

Insomnia: Insomnia can cause you to have difficulty falling asleep, staying asleep, or waking up too early. Women are estimated to be 40% more likely to have insomnia than men.

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