Too often, reaching out for help can mean being handed off to people who have absolutely no training in mental health care and who have deep prejudices against those with mental illnesses.
It was just one anti-choice fanatic who eagerly blamed the suicide of Robin Williams on abortion, but it’s indicative of the larger and incredibly sleazy tactic of linking abortion and depression, despite the lack of evidence of a connection.
The Food and Drug Administration has approved 24 drugs for male sexual dysfunction and zero for women. After rejecting an application for a drug to improve female libido in December, the agency has reconsidered its decision and is giving the manufacturer another chance.
Though many women have said that hormonal contraceptive methods affect their mood, research has shown mixed results. A new study found that young women using the birth control pill and other hormonal methods were no more likely to be depressed than other young women. Other experts, however, are skeptical of the study’s approach and results.
My first miscarriage occurred at six weeks. My second was at almost eleven weeks. The grief was alarming but I did what many women do – my best to quietly “carry on.”
As women who experienced the loss of a baby proved to me so long ago, we can use our experiences to help others. In the weeks after I buried my son, I resolved to follow in the footsteps of those women who reached out to me when I needed it most.
A new study finds little support for the “abortion-as-trauma” framework pushed by anti-choice advocates who claim that a woman who chooses to terminate a pregnancy is at higher risk of mental health problems.
A new study using data from the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health finds no association between abortion and either depression or low self-esteem in teens within a year of terminating a pregnancy or five years later.
“Abortion trauma syndrome” is a myth created by anti-choicers. Research confirms a woman’s mental health after an abortion is best indicated by her mental health before the abortion.
Looks like feminism’s at a crossroads, and there’s a very surprising group that could hold the key to the future of the movement: men. (So does this mean I should go buy my goldfish a new bike?)