The Gooden Center delivers evidence-based mental healthcare treatment at our Pasadena facility, including a completely women’s mental health treatment program. We believe it is critical to receive support from a group and from medical professionals who fully understand the impact of gender on your life, and are able to provide a safe, supportive environment.
Women’s Mental Health
Women face numerous mental health problems that are female-specific. Women are asked to maintain standards of purity and “goodness”, to care for family, to take on household work and chores, and to be emotional caretakers for the family. Women also face many additional complications from biology, including hormonal birth control products. Understanding the many social and biological influences on women’s mental health, the differences in symptoms between men and women, and the social pressures women face is critical to delivering quality, effective treatment.
Women are More Vulnerable to Trauma – Most women will eventually experience sexual harassment of some kind. This is prevalent across all demographics, but especially true in individuals who have experienced a substance use disorder, women of color, and trans women. The United Nations shows that 70% of all women will experience violence from an intimate partner at some point during their lives. This creates significant impact on mental health and depression. In one study, it was shown that women who have experienced violence from an intimate partner are as much as 70% more likely to attempt suicide. Women who are or who have experienced violence in the home are high-risk for depression, anxiety, and borderline personality disorder.
Depression, Anxiety, and Gender – Women are significantly more likely to experience depression and anxiety. In fact, 33% of all women will have an anxiety diagnosis at some point in their lifetime, compared to 22% of all men. Women are nearly twice as likely as men to be diagnosed with depression or anxiety and there are many factors at play. For example, women are significantly influenced by estrogen and progesterone hormones, which play a significant role in depression and mood. Women also face significant pressure on presentation, personality, attitude, and morality, combined with cultural values creating low self-esteem and poor self-sufficiency.