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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:

New York Times: Abortion Is Found to Have Little Effect on Women’s Mental Health

New York Times: Abortion Is Found to Have Little Effect on Women’s Mental Health

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.

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New Information About Antidepressants During Pregnancy

New Information About Antidepressants During Pregnancy

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?

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Patients as Self-Advocates by Dr. Julie Radico

Patients as Self-Advocates by Dr. Julie Radico

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.

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