The psyche of a woman, as a rule, is less stable than the mental health of the stronger sex. This is not surprising, since women are much more emotional than men, all problems are experienced by them more acutely and painfully. Although, exceptions, of course, exist. The psyche of a woman, among other things, is subject to periodic changes in female life – pregnancy, childbirth, parenting, menopause. That is, all that is unknown to the man. That is why the mental health of women often suffers much stronger than men.
Of course, the psyche of a woman can suffer at any period of her life, but powerful provocative factors arise precisely at certain stages of life. During these periods, the doctors who observe the woman, as well as her relatives, should carefully monitor her behavior, notice all the features and collect, so to speak, anamnestic data.
Even in childhood, a woman’s psyche can suffer from disorders such as a variety of phobias, fears, obsessions and anxiety syndromes, hyperactivity due to attention deficit disorder and learning disorders. In adolescence, the risk of such mental disorders of a woman as eating disorders, in particular anorexia and bulimia, is sharply increased. During the period of the first menstrual bleeding, dysphoria of premenstrual origin develops. After the transition period, the psyche of a woman often suffers from depression.
The psyche of a woman is subjected to truly unbelievable stress during the bearing of a child and after the baby is born. Women with mental disorders often consciously refuse to take medication during pregnancy, which increases the likelihood of a relapse. After the birth of a child, women often experience changes in mood. Many have a period of postpartum depression that does not need treatment. Others suffer from more serious mental illnesses that upset a woman’s ability to work. A small number of women after childbirth suffer from psychotic disorders. Bringing a woman to her normal psyche during pregnancy and lactation is complicated by the inability to take certain drugs at these stages.
The average age of a woman is related to the development of diseases and disorders such as anxiety disorders and mood swings. The risk of developing schizophrenia is increased. At this age, women can experience sexual dysfunction. When a woman uses antidepressant drugs, conditions arise for the development of side effects in the form of anxiety syndromes, depression and sexual dysfunction.
There is still no conclusive evidence that menopause is associated with the development of depression, however, a huge part of women during this period undergo severe changes in life, in particular in the family structure. Many women experience a change in importance in the social hierarchy – from active mothers of their grown children, they turn into nannies for older parents. The care and custody of elderly parents almost always falls on the shoulders of women, which jeopardizes the psyche of a woman.
In the process of natural aging of the body, representatives of the weaker sex increase the likelihood of developing senile dementia and psychiatric consequences, for example, stroke. Due to the fact that women, as a rule, live longer than the stronger sex, and the risk of dementia increases significantly with age, the psyche of a woman in old age is often susceptible to this disease. Women also have a high risk of developing psychotic disorder after sixty years. Among other things, due to emotionality, it can be more difficult for women to survive the loss of loved ones, which also has a negative effect on the psyche of a woman.