International Women’s Day 2019
Women’s Mental Health
When it comes to mental health illnesses such as schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, the prevalence is the same for women as for men. Women however do have much higher rates of anxiety, one in three women in Australia, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) as a result of sexual violence, one in five. Serious mental illness, makes women much more vulnerable to physical and sexual abuse. Borderline personality disorder is a female-dominant diagnosis. Women are nine times more likely than men to suffer from an eating disorder – a condition that has the highest mortality rate of any mental illness.