Wednesday, 27 February 2013

Mental stress among women

Women are soft hearted beings. They are gentle and kind. They face loads of strain cum tension of varying magnitude during their journey of life out of which mental stress and its related disorders are amongst the prominent after effects. In their conviction to keep everyone happy, they lose their mental integrity. According to the facts and statistics given by WHO, Depressive disorders account for close to 41.9% of the disability from neuropsychiatric disorders among women compared to 29.3% among men. The leading mental health problems of the elderly people are depression, organic brain syndromes and dementias. Shocking yet significant result is that amongst these people, majority are women.

An estimated 80% of 50 million people affected by violent conflicts, civil wars, disasters, and displacement are women and children.

Lifetime prevalence rate of violence against women ranges from 16% to 50%. At least one in five women suffers from rape/attempted rape/molestation in their lifetime. These are the horrifying results which draw our attention towards this grave issue.

Mental stress is induced among women owing to her environment at personal and professional front. By her qualities of heal and hearty, mostly she is able to manage both fronts efficiently and effectively; at times there occurs a conflict of situations which imbalance her integrity. There are many reasons for depression or psychological stress; mainly it could be due to violence- sexual or domestic (which could be physical), gender discrimination at every turn, while coping up to be an efficient daughter/wife/mother/friend simultaneously where at one point of time she forgets to live herself and last but not the least are other associated socioeconomic factors affecting her mental health secondarily... like over-exhaustion due to household chores, peer pressure, poverty, health related issues viz. malnutrition etc. Associated factors could be seen affecting the mental health of men but women are affected more severely comparatively in terms of frequency and severity. Women are more emotionally inclined hence are trapped in emotional bouts leading to excessive strain. Women have been fed with the disease of inferiority complex; no matter how high they reach… deep inside they know they are lesser. Lack of self confidence affects them even harder. These patients are not recognized and therefore not treated. As per the research, Unipolar depression, predicted to be the second leading cause of global disability burden by 2020, is twice as common in women.

Now the question which rises is that what can be done to prevent the present scenario from deteriorating or what measures can be taken to improve the situation. There’s a need to formulate health related policies that directly target the mental illnesses of all ages. General population should be taught about basics of mental health and ways to distress oneself. Meditation definitely helps. Women who have been abused should be handled with TLC (tender love & care). We all should try to help women who have been ill treated or abused; they need our assistance so as to cope up with their stresses. In this gizmo-tech world, every individual is fighting along with his inner conscious to curb down the stress. Point is that together we can resolve the underlying cause but alone we only get stuck. This is especially true for women who are taken for granted and presumed to be better listeners; their problems remain unsung… Hence, devise ways to smile in pain…
Let’s take steps towards a stress free healthy life for women!

By Aakshi Kalra

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