What Factors Affect Women’s Mental Health and Self Image?

Mental health affects women in so many ways. Their self image tends to suffer when outside sources try to dictate what their thoughts should be. Sometimes we are told to get over it, but sometimes it is just not that easy. There are so many external factors affecting women’s self image out there that are thrown at us that we feel the need to take care of. Through the course of what happens in the life of a woman, she tends to put the better part of her emotions into circumstances.

Women tend to

mull over….

ponder about…

ruminate over…

chew on….

examine….

review….

meditate on….

overthink….

need I go on?

The list seems to never end. For these reasons sometimes it is not easy to problem solve and we tend to “overthink” an issue. “Overthinking can affect a woman’s self image. By the time something has happened we have created a whole scenario about it with characters, a main idea, a setting and a conflict but sadly no resolution and these types of things when built upon and not dealt with can lead to extreme stress and anxiety.

“Overthinking” can affect a woman’s self image

Don’t get me wrong. I am not trying to say that the typical feminine makeup of all women’s mental health is the cause for depression, anxiety, OCD, ADHD, bipolarism, etc. Most women do these things naturally that I mentioned, however paired with external factors such as hereditary, environment, age and a plethora of other things, emotional health in women can get somewhat tough and tricky to diagnose.

Adolescent Girls

Can you say h-o-r-m-o-n-e-s?

This is when girls start experiencing all of those wonderful changes that puberty brings to the table. It’s been a few years but I remember some of those changes and they are not something I would like to relive!

Self image is everything for an adolescent

Can you imagine what is going on in the adolescent’s mind? A young woman (aka adolescent) is thrust into having to deal with so many social, emotional and physical decisions that every factor influences those decisions or view that is made. Adolescents are not ready to call the shots although some think they are. This is a prime time to intervene and provide some solutions for poor self image.

Because a young girl’s mind is in the formative stages and won’t fully develop until around age 25, they can be led down the wrong path by so many things that seem “right”. Many young people turn to the wrong things to satisfy their immediate need for attention and eventually can exhibit anxiety, stress, and behavior issues. Don’t even get me started on what social media does to the adolescent mind!

Early detection of behavioral problems and women’s mental health issues is so important to notice in an adolescent. If we can pinpoint and minimize some of the external factors that appear to be affecting the minds of a young woman, then the a good self image might be maximized in our society.

Young Women

If not dealt with appropriately in the younger years, young women will carry a poor self image into adulthood not knowing how to cope.

What do I mean when I say if the issues are not dealt with? I am referring to the necessity of involved parents, doctor visits, environmental changes, and media viewing changes, to name a few. If some of these things were supported more maybe we would see a change in young people when they are experiencing issues they can’t control. What are some of the main mental health problems for young women?

  1. Anxiety Disorders
  2. Depression
  3. OCD
  4. Bipolar Disorder
  5. Self Harm
  6. Personality Disorders
  7. ADHD

Our world is experiencing more and more detachment problems from our young people but we can be involved as parents and friends when a loved one doesn’t seem the same as before. If you know of a young person that shows signs of any of these conditions listed then they can get help from their doctor or a Psychiatrist. Do not try to diagnose or treat these without a Professional’s help.

Can You Do Anything To Help?

There are different things that you can do for loved ones or friends that suffer from mental health issues. The number one thing is to support them. By support I mean not getting angry or impatient during “episodes”, not discounting the person because they have this condition, and most of all continue to love the person for who they are.

external factors affecting women's self image
Proverbs 17:22 says, “A joyful heart is good medicine, but a broken spirit dries up the bones.”

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