Everybody experiences ups and downs in their mental health, but studies show that women are twice as likely as men to suffer major depressive disorder. Estelita Marquez-Floyd, MD, is an experienced adult and child psychiatrist in Walnut Creek and Napa, California, who understands that gender differences and natural hormonal changes can make women more prone to stress and anxiety. With an increased risk of depression, anxiety, stress, and other mental health concerns, Dr. Marquez-Floyd offers a variety of women’s health services for adolescents and women of all ages. To learn more, call Estelita Marquez-Floyd, M.D., or book an appointment online now.
Gender differences can plague every aspect of a woman’s life, from oppressive gender roles at home to lower wages in the workplace. Women are also more likely than men to be single working parents and are at a greater disadvantage in their socioeconomic status.
Women also experience a higher risk of mental health disorders like stress, anxiety, and depression.
Dr. Marquez-Floyd understands the different challenges that women face, which is why she delivers mental health care that specifically focuses on women’s health.
Women begin experiencing hormonal changes that can affect their mental health during puberty. As an important time of hormonal change, puberty increases a young woman’s risk of depression.
Other important hormonal changes during a woman’s life typically include:
These hormonal fluctuations can lead to many changes in a woman’s physical and mental health, including mood swings, stress levels, metabolism and appetite, and insomnia.
Scientific evidence shows that your sex hormones have a significant influence over your brain neurotransmitters, including serotonin — a mood-stabilizing neurotransmitter that can act as a “happy” chemical in your brain.
Because of the way estrogen changes can affect your neurotransmitters, serotonergic antidepressants like Prozac and other more selective serotonergic reuptake inhibitors (SSRI) medications can significantly improve your symptoms if you suffer from anxiety or depression.
Improving your mental health requires a complex treatment plan. Along with medication, Dr. Marquez-Floyd frequently recommends incorporating psychotherapy into your treatment.
Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) is a type of psychotherapy that strives to change the way you respond to the stressors in your life. If you typically experience negative thoughts and behaviors during times of stress and anxiety, CBT can teach you how to respond more positively.
With a passion for exceptional women’s health care, Dr. Marquez-Floyd has the compassion and experience to help you feel your best during all of life’s changes. To schedule an appointment, call Estelita Marquez-Floyd, M.D., or book an appointment online today.