Women and Mental health--PArt 1

Women and Mental health--PArt 1 - 11/19/2009 MENTAL HEALTH...

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11/19/2009 1 W OMEN AND M ENTAL HEALTH Psychology of Women MENTAL HEALTH ACROSS THE LIFESPAN Childhood—girls report less adjustment problems Specifically EXTERNALIZING problems Adolescence Gender differences in mental health become much more apparent (with the onset of puberty) Girls-internalizing behaviors; Boys-Externalizing behaviors Research tends to study externalizing problems less with girls as they are viewed as male problems. Childhood/adolescence mental health has implications for mental health in adulthood PROMINENT ISSUES IN MENTAL HEALTH Eating Disorders Depression Anxiety Substance Use E ATING D ISORDERS A NOREXIA WHAT IS ANOREXIA? Anorexia---refusal to maintain a minimal normal weight, intense fear of gaining weight, a distorted body image, and amenorrhea Symptoms -very thin (less than 25% of normal body weight) -irritability -perfectionist -reduced levels of testosterone (men) -dizziness -slowed heart rate -muscular weakness
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