Anxiety symptoms in women are generally the same as in men:
- Thoughts about everything that can go wrong or something that might be wrong already
- Obsessive thoughts
- Insomnia (sometimes a result of the thoughts)
- Chronic fatigue
- Becoming stressed quickly and easily
- Sudden fear of death, embarrassment, illness, etc.
- Fight-or-flight responses to something that can’t cause physical harm
- Repeating ritual behaviors more than necessary (checking locks, grooming, etc.)
- Heart palpitations
- Shortness of breath
- Loss of appetite
- Chest pain
- Feeling like you’re choking
- Hot flashes
- Muscles tightening
- Muscle aches
- Hairs standing up
- Hives and rashes
The differences lie in how women tend to express and process these symptoms, and how they often focus their anxiety on certain issues more than men. There are also genetic, biological and neurological differences that make women more likely to develop anxiety and experience symptoms more frequently. Continue reading Anxiety Symptoms in Women: A Quick Guide
We all know postpartum depression is a serious issue, but many people do not know about peripartum depression: symptoms of depression during pregnancy, especially in the weeks approaching birth.
Roughly one in five women experience an episode of depression during pregnancy or in the year after giving birth, according to a report by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality [AHRQ]. About half of these women have “serious symptoms,” The New York Times reported.
The U.S. Preventative Services Task Force [USPSTF] issued a recommendation in The Journal of the American Medical Association that urges primary care doctors to implement depression screenings for pregnant women. These screenings will improve depression symptoms by encouraging women to proactively seek treatments such as psychotherapy, the USPSTF said. They involve questionnaires and scales designed to evaluate symptoms of depression. Continue reading It’s Time to Screen All Pregnant Women for Depression
Those of us who identify as lesbian, gay, or bisexual (LGB) are often viewed as marginalized because we are not part of the dominant sexual orientation culture, which is heterosexuality.
Though in recent years, with an ever growing presence of lesbian and gay pop culture celebrities (ex: Ellen DeGeneres), characters on TV (ex: Modern Family), as well as growing public and government support for same sex marriage, it seems the margins are getting smaller–at least for some. Still, there are challenges certain sub-populations of LGB communities face when it comes to experiencing oppression inside of a marginalized community. Continue reading Living Life on the Margins Within LGB Populations: Consequences of Within Group Oppression on Emotional Wellness