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The Most Common Kinds of Mental Health Struggles of Women

Most women experience the development or peak of their mental health issues in their 20s and 30s. Mental health struggles are often a leading factor in developing a substance use disorder, which is one of the common struggles for women’s mental health during these ages. If you feel you are struggling with your mental health, seek a screening from a professional and ask for resources for treatment. Mental health can be treated and resolved, without having to turn to drugs and alcohol to cope.

Mood Disorders

Women in their 20s and 30s commonly struggle with all three of the mood disorder categories: anxiety disorders, depression disorders, and bipolar disorder. Through the 20s and 30s, women are experiencing significant changes in life. They are growing up, they are earning responsibilities, they are graduating college, graduate school, and their doctoral programs. Women are entering the work force, getting married and starting families. All of these life changes can cause severe stress and mental distress if a woman does not know how to cope with life changes. Developing anxiety, panic, or depression is common in response to women not being able to fully identify, articulate, and express their emotions. Likewise, women who have had an untreated mood disorder since they were younger can find that these life stresses trigger their symptoms, making coping even more difficult.

Learning Disorders

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder typically develops in childhood. When women go their lives without intervention and treatment for ADHD, their difficulties in managing their attention and energy can climax during the 20s and 30s. Learning how to organize, manage, and expel energy is important for women with ADHD. Impulsivity, risk-taking, and cognitive difficulties are part of ADHD that can lead a woman to substance abuse when she is not aware of or treating her ADHD.

Personality Disorders

Borderline personality disorder and narcissistic personality disorder are often confused, misdiagnosed, and mistreated. Borderline personality disorder is complex and difficult to treat. Stemming from an impactful childhood experience of abandonment, many women see their borderline personality traits start to unfold in their early 20s. As their hormones change, they may develop autoimmune diseases. Inflammatory diseases have been linked to the erratic personality changes associated with Borderline.