Top Women’s Mental Health Issues (Infographic)

Women reportedly cope with “the blues” much more than men. We must remember that these statistics are only based on national diagnoses and that men may be diagnosed less with mental health issues due to stigmatization. Noting stigma and gender gaps still leaves a very compelling percentage difference between men, women, and the vast difference between their mental health issues. Read below for a breakdown of what exactly men and women deal with when it comes to mental hurdles — and learn about the many types of mental illness that we all-too-often forget to confront in our day-to-day lives.

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Christine J.
Christine J3 years ago

Very informative. I can't help but wonder if our rising rates of mental ill health are in part due to our current lifestyles; disconnected from nature, stuck in traffic, working long hours, overwhelmed with "to-do lists", and just not being happy.

Panchali Yapa
Panchali Yapa4 years ago

Thank you

Kimmy H.
Kimmy H4 years ago

A great article and very interesting comments, too.

Donna F.
Donna F5 years ago

ty for the start of education these stats offer. we need more information out there. there are some wonderful comments on this! ty!

Marian A.
Marian A5 years ago


JL A5 years ago

all the more reason to adequately fund treatment

Valerie K.
Val K5 years ago

Well said Steve M. and others. And yes, there are a lot of unanswered questions in this info-graphic.

Jane H.
Jane H5 years ago

Thank you Steve M.

Steve McCrea
Steve McCrea5 years ago

This infographic underscores for me what is wrong with our mental health system today. If 38% of women are suffering from "poor mental health," how are we able to manipulate ourselves into believing that these are "biochemical diseases" that are independent of social conditions, caused by some putative but mysterious dysfunction in the sufferer's brain? It is interesting that a third of women are sexually molested or assaulted in a lifetime, and a third of women experience domestic abuse in a relationship, and about a third of women are suffering from "poor mental health." Think there could be a connection, folks?

As a mental health professional, my experience tells me that the MAIN reason people are mentally unhealthy is because THEY WERE TREATED BADLY!!!! True, some are more able to recover from these large and small trauma than others, for a variety of reasons, but to suggest that a person who develops PTSD after a trauma is "disordered" just because not everyone develops it suggests that reacting with fear and anxiety to a traumatic even is somehow wrong or a failure. As usual, it blames the victim.

These days, the bulk of what depression I feel is due to my continuing disappointment with our mental health system, as it continues to collude with oppressive forces in our society, instead of working to address and remove the social ills that in most cases precede and lead to the emotional suffering that we so blithely label as "mental illness."

---- Steve

Maria Teresa Schollhorn

Interesting article.