Women are more likely than men to experience a mental disorder in their lifetime. 36% of Ontario women experience mental illness, 10-15% of women will have a major depressive disorder at least once in their lifetime and 10% of women experience depression during pregnancy.
POST PARTUM DEPRESSION
Characterized by manic and psychotic symptoms - usually within 48 - 72 hours after delivery. Women with bipolar disorder have a 50% chance of developing post-partum psychosis, and 30% of women with a history of depression develop the disorder.
BORDERLINE PERSONALITY DISORDER
Individuals suffering from BPD feel extremes of anger, depression, emptiness and are at high risks of suicide. 2% of the general population has BPD while 75% of those with BPD are girls and women.
Deinstitutionalization and declines in welfare support have greatly increased the risk of people with severe and chronic mental illness - particularly women. 75% of Toronto's single homeless women have a mental illness. 51% are victims of childhood physical abuse and 49% are victims of childhood sexual abuse.
THE CORRECTIONAL SYSTEM
Federally incarcerated women are more likely to be depressed, self-abusive and suicidal than incarcerated men. 68% of incarcerated women reported childhood physical abuse and 54% reported sexual abuse.