It is your day, live every moment of it. Keep aside worries and start your day with a positive thought. Prioritize things and make sure ‘you’ are on top of the priority list. Take out time from your schedule and pamper yourself. It is International Women’s Day after all.
This is the advice doctors at PGI have to offer to women. According to experts, women are more prone to anxiety and depression than men, and the incidence increases if the woman has undergone physical, mental or verbal abuse.
In the Psychiatry department at PGI, every year more than 4,000 women come for counselling or treatment. Majority have trouble in managing their household and work as they do not get much help from men.
“Women are more prone to anxiety and depression than men. In the institute, about 7,000 to 8,000 new cases are registered and women are more in number. Most cases registered are in the age group between 30-50 years,” said Dr Shubh Mohan Singh of PGI’s Psychiatry department.
Further, chronic low grade depression is very common. This means one feels stressed and depressed, but manages routine life.
“There are more anxiety and depression cases that are not being recognised or treated,” he said.
“Majority of the women complain about domestic problems like husbands not cooperating and adjustment problems with in-laws. Work-related stress is another issue. They are held responsible for everything at home and in office as well,” he added.
Dr Ritu Nehra, clinical psychologist at PGI, talked of the assault on women at home. She said, “Physical, sexual and verbal assault on women at home is very common. During counselling sessions, I have come across several cases where a woman is being molested by her own family members.”
“Post-traumatic stress disorder is very common in women who have been raped or beaten. Whenever a woman is abused, whether it is verbal, sexual or physical, it effects her psyche. It leads to low self-esteem that further results in depression, anxiety and fear,” the psychologist said.
The psychologist added, “Women must not hide their problems. They must share them. Family members should give support to a female when she is in distress.”