It's official, women suffering more stress and anxiety than men
A new report published in the Independent
has revealed that increasing numbers of women are being driven to the edge of breakdown.
Experts blame pressure on modern women to juggle their careers in an uncertain climate whilst raising children and looking after ageing parents.
The constant balancing act is taking its toll on our mental health. The past year has seen an overall rise of 3.4% in people seeking psychiatric help but most worryingly 70% of this rise in demand came from women.
Women now account for 56% of the 1.2 million NHS referrals for outpatient and inpatient psychiatric treatment.
Two months ago an NHS survey of psychiatric services also showed a 12% rise in the proportion of women suffering depression and anxiety since the mid-1990s. Yet there was no increase in mental problems among men.
Paul Farmer, the chief executive of Mind, the mental health charity, said: ‘Where there is increasing pressure at work and at home, it is often women who are expected to bear the brunt.”
Perhaps it’s time we prioritised some time for ourselves.