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Recession impacting women’s mental health

Posted on: June 15, 2009

Photo by lusi

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The American Psychiatric Association (APA) conducted a new survey about the effect of the current economic crisis on women and their families’ mental health. Here are some of the highlights of the survey of women ages 30 – 54 years:

More than two-thirds (68%) of women feel the current economic crisis has had a negative impact on them and their families.

More than half (55%) said the current problems with the economy have had a negative impact on their mental health.

Despite the negative impact on their mental well-being, most of the women prioritized others’ needs and other responsibilities over their own mental and physical health.

Although 76 percent of women polled say they are participating in more positive activities than they were six months ago, they also report sharp increases in stress, anxiety, frustration and other negative mental health indicators over the same time period.
 
The survey reiterates a woman’s tendency to put others’ needs before her own, and shows how important it is that she addresses her own mental health needs so she can more effectively address the needs of her family. HealthyMinds.org offers women and their families information on mental health and the economy as well as a variety of other mental health topics.

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