Mental Health

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.

Webinar--If it feels good, do it...right?



Time: 12:30pm Eastern Standard Time

Presented by Amy Banks, M.D.; learn more.

Webinar--When love goes wrong: Understanding the devastating impact of interpersonal violence



Time: 12:00pm Eastern Standard Time

Presented by Amy Banks, M.D.; learn more.

Annual Conference 2010: Strategic Imperatives for Ending Violence Against Women

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06/11/2010 - 06/12/2010


The National Council for Research on Women in partnership with the US National Committee for UNIFEM present
Strategic Imperatives for Ending Violence against Women: Linkages to Education, Economic Security and Health
June 11-12, 2010
Hunter College, CUNY, West Building, New York City

Hosted By
The Women and Gender Studies Program and Roosevelt House,
Hunter College, CUNY (City University of New York)


Prescribing Gender in the Era of Wonderdrugs


JONATHAN METZL, Psychiatry and Women’s Studies, University of Michigan

Author of Prozac on the Couch: Prescribing Gender in the Era of Wonderdrugs and Protest Psychosis: Race, Stigma and the Diagnosis of Schizophrenia.

Location: Room 6112 (Sociology Lounge)


SIROW Leading Project to Support LGBTQ Youth

The UA's Southwest Institute for Research on Women has received a new $1.75 million federal grant to aid youth and young adults who are homeless and lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning who are dealing with mental health and substance abuse issues.

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