Compassion is a desirable quality, one we try to cultivate in our children, toward our friends and family and within our local communities. When a friend is feeling down or discouraged, we don’t hesitate to comfort them and offer words of understanding. Yet when it comes to our own experience, many find it difficult to turn this compassion inward.Read More
In the past year, about 1 in 10 women experienced depression. Even more live with or have experienced other psychological stressors that influence their day-to-day functioning. For example, sexual or emotional abuse, reproductive health, inequity in employment, and societal discrimination like sexualized media are other areas that detract from women’s psychological well-being. Although these topics are significant to men and women, they may be especially relevant to females.
Psychologists have a breadth of knowledge on a variety of topics that are salient to women’s psychological health. For example, psychologists have specialized training working with female trauma survivors, the psychological effects of pregnancy, menstruation, menopause, and postpartum depression.
Seeking support to promote your psychological functioning is an important step to improving your overall health. If you are wondering whether connecting with a psychologist is a good decision for you, please search our database to become more familiar with health service psychologists near you.
Please consider these resources for more information:
- Violence Against Women – The United States Department of Justice
- Women’s Programs Office Resources – American Psychological Association
- Women’s Health Podcasts – Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
- Fem Pop Blog – American Psychological Association Division 35
- Women and Mental Health – National Institute of Mental Health
- Mental Health and Abortion – American Psychological Association
- Women Veterans Health – Department of Veterans Affairs
The New York Times featured an article reviewing a recent study published in JAMA Psychiatry exploring whether or not women who receive or are denied an abortion experience negative mental health effects. Researchers interviewed nearly 1,000 women and assessed several aspects of their psychological wellbeing and life satisfaction every six months for five years following a received or denied abortion.Read More
From Our Archives—Psychologist Spotlight: Can Eating Craved Foods Help with Overeating? By Kristie Bergmann
Obesity is currently a major public health concern among one in three children and adults. One of the biggest myths in weight loss is that changing eating behaviors and increasing physical activity is an easy task.Read More
The question of whether pregnant women with depression should take antidepressants during pregnancy has received a great deal of recent attention in the press. How should the consumer react when faced with contradictory information that may directly affect their health care?Read More
May is Mental Health Awareness Month and a great time to encourage all individuals to be their own advocate when meeting with their medical providers. Individuals with mental health concerns often present them in primary care and this can be an important first step in receiving the right treatment.Read More
Whether you feel stuck in a relationship, a repeated behavior, or another particular life situation, it isn’t hard to feel hopeless when you sense you need to break out of a pattern and don’t know how.Read More