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Mental Health Resources for Women

Women's health is more than just physical. If you've been struggling with mental health issues, help is just an appointment away. Babylon offers plenty of women's mental health resources to promote mental wellbeing. Whether you need help with diagnosed mental disorders or you just need a therapist to talk to during a rough spot in your life, we offer support and treatment for many of the mental health issues women experience.

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What is mental health care?

When you seek mental health care, you may feel overwhelmed with choices. It can take many different forms, depending on your needs. Substance abuse counseling will look a lot different from treatment for behavioral health issues, for instance. A mental health condition like post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) or depression may be treatable with talk therapy alone. Meanwhile, something like bipolar disorder or anxiety disorders may also require medication to manage.

We tailor our mental health care to your needs. We cover general health topics, like depression, eating disorders, or working through major life events and changes. We also offer health services specifically to treat women.

Why seek the advice of mental health professionals?

Mental health problems can make a serious dent in your well-being and quality of life. Just like any other condition, they are best treated by professional therapists and clinicians. From psychotherapy (AKA talk therapy) to the prescription of psychiatric medications, therapists and psychologists have a varied set of tools they can use to help you feel more comfortable and in control. They used tried and tested methods, including group mental health programs and coping mechanisms. They can also collect more accurate and personal resources than a Google search.

Mental health professionals are also trained to analyze your needs. They know the mental health issues that affect women differently than men, such as ADHD or depression. They can give you a referral to a specialist, work with your obstetrics doctor or other doctors, and diagnose psychiatric disorders in order to get you the help you need.

Mental health treatments available with Babylon

You can get support for your mental health issues in a variety of ways. See one of our licensed therapists to talk over your problems and learn how to make them more manageable. Book a psychiatry appointment to see a doctor who can prescribe you medication if necessary. You can also talk to substance-use counselors or social workers who can talk you through everything from infertility to grief to major life changes.

While we offer general mental health services for any person, we also offer counseling for women or people who can become pregnant. Hormonal changes caused by everything from breastfeeding to menopause can impact your mental health. Perinatal depression and postpartum depression can severely impact someone during or after pregnancy. Premenstrual syndrome (PMS) and premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD), both tied to your period, can cause depressive or anxious episodes (Premenstrual dysphoric disorder: Different from PMS?, Mayo Clinic)


What is self-care?

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Self-care has recently become more popular and widely acknowledged. When you practice self-care, you apply relaxing coping mechanisms to care for your own mental wellbeing at home.

How do I practice self-care?

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How you care for yourself depends on your needs. Some more common forms of self-care include special hygiene routines, long baths, relaxing music, or skipping a stressful event. You can also do something more personal to yourself. Indulge in hobbies like art, long walks, cooking, or tending a garden.

What are some risk factors for mental illness?

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Risk factors differ by type of mental illness, but there are some basic things you can look out for.

  • A history of mental illness in your family or other mental illnesses you've had
  • Increased stress in your life, whether professional or personal
  • A sudden stressful event (such as job loss or the death of a loved one)
  • A chronic physical condition
  • Traumatic brain injury or another injury to the brain
  • Traumatic events, such as accidents, military combat, or sexual violence
  • Alcohol and/or drug use
  • Abuse or neglect in childhood
  • Relationship abuse
  • Isolation or a lack of close family or friend relationships

(Mental Illness, Mayo Clinic)

What are some barriers to seeking care?

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According to the American Psychological Association, 83% of psychologists in 2019 were white. (Demographics of the US Psychology Workforce, APA) That can sometimes make it harder for women of color to seek the care they need, if they feel like they can't find a therapist or psychologist who relates to them. Women of color are also more likely to experience poor access to healthcare services than white women, which makes it harder to find an affordable counselor. (Ethnic & Racial Minorities and Socioeconomic Status, APA) The prevalence of mental health professionals in cities doesn't extend to rural areas. Some women don't live anywhere near a therapist's office, and can't travel the long distances required to find one.

What's the difference between a therapist and a psychiatrist?

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Therapists often provide talk-based therapy. They talk to you about the problems you're experiencing and help you figure out how to move forward. A psychiatrist can provide these services, but they can also prescribe medication. They tend to have a doctorate degree, except in a few specialties.

What kinds of treatment options can I expect from a mental healthcare provider?

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There are plenty of ways to interact with mental health care. Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is one of the more common forms of therapy. It's an evidence-backed form of talk therapy that aims to help you reduce and manage symptoms of mental illness. You can book couples, family, or group therapy sessions to work through issues together. If you book a psychiatry appointment, you may be prescribed a medication to help you manage symptoms.

What are some physical symptoms of mental illness?

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Alongside mental and emotional symptoms there may also be physical symptoms, depending on the mental illness. Low mental and physical energy, fatigue, and loss of appetite or change in sexual drive may all indicate depression. If you're experiencing increased heart rate, hyperventilation, trembling, and a weak feeling, you may have an anxiety disorder. There are also more severe symptoms, like hallucinations caused by schizophrenia. If you're unsure what your symptoms mean, book an appointment with one of our clinicians.

How do I talk to a loved one about mental illness?

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Talking about mental illness can be hard. If you're looking to help a loved one through a tough time, make sure to keep an open mind and remind them that you're there to support them. If you're looking to discuss your own mental health with a friend or family member, talk to your therapist. They can offer tips on how to bring up your mental health in a way that's safe and healthy for you.

Where can I get emergency help?

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If you or a loved one are experiencing suicidal thoughts, please seek help in an emergency room or use a helpline like the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-8255. If you're the victim of sexual abuse, you can also call the National Sexual Assault Hotline at 1-800-656-4673.