Women And Mental Health

March 13, 2018 | By | Reply

Women and men are different not only in their physical attributes, but also in their psychological makeup. There are actual differences in the way women’s and men’s brains are “wired” and in the way they process information and react to events and stimuli. Therefore it is necessary to understand and accept that women and men differ in biological attributes, needs and vulnerabilities.

Mental Health And Disorders

Mental health is a term used to describe either a level of cognitive or emotional well-being, or an absence of a mental disorder. Mental illness is an involuntary psychological or behavioral pattern that occurs in an individual and is thought to cause distress or disability that is not expected as part of normal development or culture.

Common mental disorders

  • Affective disorders: anxiety, depression, mania, obsessional disorders
  • Schizophrenia
  • Organic states: delirium, dementia
  • Personality disorders: abnormal personality, psychopathy
  • Substance abuse: drugs, alcohol
  • Learning disorders: sub-normality

Hormonal Influences On Mental Health

Estrogen, Progesterone, Testosterone : These hormones act directly on nerve cells in the brain and facilitate neurotransmission protecting those cells from attack neurotoxins and free radicals and enhance blood flow. Declining levels of these hormones during menopause cause memory loss, dementia and mood swings.

After child birth, the drop in progesterone causes low moods of postpartum depression.

Low Thyroid functions can cause brain fog, depression, short term memory loss.

How To Stay Mentally Healthy

The prime step to this is acceptance and striving to achieve a balanced way of living.

  • Educate yourself
  • Talk to the doctor/counselor
  • Practice gratitude
  • Try meditation
  • Exercise
  • Well-balanced diet
  • Sleep more
  • Digital detox

In order to stay mentally fit and healthy, a nutrition rich diet and exercise help balance the hormones. It also helps activates good hormones and neurotransmitters like Serotonin which in turn directs emotional and mental health. PhysioRehab helps women understand their aches, pains and their relation to hormones and mental health. We focus on exercise to achieve healthy body, healthy mind.

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