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PCOS Influences Mental Health Conditions in Women

Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome is a hormonal disorder that mostly affects women who are of age to bear a child. This hormonal disorder can create severe physical health risks like high blood pressure, diabetes, and heart disease. Between seven and ten percent of women at the reproductive age are affected by PCOS. Other physical symptoms include, weight gain, infertility, hair loss, fatigue, abnormal hair growth, and more. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, PCOS is something that women live with, without knowing that they are living with it.

Physical health risks are not the only risks associated with PCOS. Many women live with mental health disorders and are not aware that they meet the criteria for a diagnosis and treatment for that condition. Women live with the difficult and sometimes debilitating symptoms of mental health conditions, doing the best that they can to cope with their emotions, thoughts, and behaviors. Unfortunately, many women turn to drugs and alcohol to cope. Having a mental health condition increases the likelihood of turning to substance abuse and developing a chemical dependency.

New research from Cardiff University has found that PCOS increases the likelihood of diagnosis with a mental health disorder. More than 17,000 women diagnosed with PCOS were studied. When compared to women who did not have the disorder, women who did have the disorder were more likely to be diagnosed with bipolar, depression, and anxiety disorders. Different conditions of having PCOS can lead to the symptoms which contribute to the common mood disorders of depression, bipolar, and anxiety. Appearance issues in weight gain, abnormal hair growth, and other hormonal imbalances can lead to problems with self-esteem, which can manifest in depression and/or anxiety. The inability to get pregnant and have a child, which can be a matter of identity for many women, can lead to significant loss and grief, which can also contribute to depression.

Mental health screening is not often enough taken into consideration when it comes to matters of physical health. Increasingly, research into a variety of medical health issues is revealing that doctors need to conduct mental health screenings more often, in order to properly assess and treat their patients, or refer them to treatment for their mental health. Mental health is critical and tightly related to physical health, as indicated by the study of PCOS. The more swiftly mental health interventions can take place, the less chance women have of developing substance use disorder issues- a life saving move.


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