In honor of National Women’s Health Week, we seek to find understanding what it means to be well which starts with education and information.
- Each year, 1 in 5 women in the United States has a mental illness ranging from mild to serious.
- Almost twice as many women as men have ever been diagnosed with anxiety.
- Women are more than twice as likely as men to develop PTSD.
- Fight stress by taking time to do something you enjoy. You can also read about the Howell Foundation’s presentation by Drs. Bhatti and Banka on the gender differences between men and women and stress, as well as simple techniques you can start using right now to lower your level of stress. An interesting read here.
Schedule your well-woman visit with your health care provider to:
- Discuss family history, family planning, and personal habits, such as alcohol and tobacco use
- Schedule necessary tests, such as screenings for depression, alcohol and tobacco use, and more
- Discuss whether you should consider medication, therapy, or other treatments for mental health and substance use disorders
- Set health goals, such as being active and maintaining a healthy weight
About the Doris A. Howell Foundation:
The Doris A. Howell Foundation for Women’s Health Research is committed to keeping the women we love healthy, advancing women’s health through research and educating women to be catalysts for improving family health in the community.
The organization does so by funding scholarships to scientists researching issues affecting women’s health; providing a forum for medical experts, scientists, doctors, researchers, and authors to convey the timely information on topics relevant to women’s health and the health. of their families through its Lecture and Evening Series, and by funding research initiatives that will create women’s health awareness and advocacy in the community.
For more information about the Doris A. Howell Foundation, please visit www.howellfoundation.org.
- Behavioral Health, United States, 2012
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), 2012
- Mental Illness Surveillance Among Adults in the United States
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 2011
- Women, Trauma, and PTSD
U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs (VA), 2012