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The gender dimension of mental health is related to the power and control that women and men have over the factors affecting their psychological well-being. Gender-specific risk factors for common mental disorders that disproportionately affect women include gender-based violence, socio-economic disadvantage, low income and income inequality, low or subordinate social status and unremitting responsibility for the care of others. Gender differences occur particularly in the rates of common psychological disorders such as depression, anxiety and sleep disorders – areas in which women suffer more than men. Studies show gender bias among physicians in the diagnosis, treatment and prescription of mood-altering psychotropic drugs. Women’s high exposure to sexual violence makes them more prone to Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). More research is needed to develop effective prevention campaigns and services and to make treatment more gender-sensitive and readily available.

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December 11, 2009 posted by Kyla Bender-BairdNearly one-third of U.S. adults play caregiver roles in households across the nation according to...
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  • October 21, 2011
    Only with the recent assignment of Judge Barry Kron to the case was such expert testimony allowed into the trial. But Kron imposed some crucial limits on how much Jacquelyn Campbell, a professor and researcher at Johns Hopkins University, could say...

  • October 20, 2011

    The combination of disordered eating and heavy alcohol consumption known as drunkorexia is common among U.S. college students, researchers say.

  • October 17, 2011
    As reality TV has become staple entertainment for young people and adults alike, tween and teen girls who regularly view reality TV accept and expect a higher level of drama, aggression, and bullying in their own lives, and measure their worth...

  • October 13, 2011

     Women who use contraceptives like birth control pills experience memory changes, according to new UC Irvine research. Their ability to remember the gist of an emotional event improves, while women not using the contraceptives better retain...

  • September 26, 2011

    As many as one in 12 women say they have a type of genital pain known as vulvodynia, yet few have been diagnosed with it, a study, published in the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology suggests.