A Hot Mess: How Anxiety & Depression in Women Are Overlooked, Over-rationalized and Excused Away By Celeste Coffman
Women are at higher risk for depression and anxiety than men, yet we often feel obligated to joke about, downplay, or make excuses for these struggles. We wonder: isn't this just how it feels to be a woman? With the cultural standard for women's unwavering perfection - at work, as a mother, as a person - is it any wonder we don't reach for help until we're at a breaking point? In this session we'll explore ways to approach the uncomfortable feelings of anxiety or "the blues" from a perspective of staying well (not just treating sickness). We'll also learn the dangerous consequences of leaving these symptoms unchecked. Finally, we'll examine the very practical strategies for self-help, clinical treatment, and life coaching to conquer depression and anxiety symptoms. This breakout is for both women who've experienced these issues and for those who simply want to be informed helpers to friends and loved ones.