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In this paper, I will discuss how gender and culture affect mental illness. Gender plays a huge role on determine how we behave in our society and everyday lives. I personally think mental illness problems affect more women than men. Women are more likely to experience depression than men. Women often play multiple roles of running the household. For example: they are responsible for their children, doing house chores and have a career at the same time. Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is also common in women because they more often face sexual assault and sexual abuse. That could have a long term impact on their mental illness. It is usually common for young women with an eating disorder such as bulimia and anorexia to have an obsession on their physical appearance and that could lead to Body Dysmorphic Disorder (Comer 368).
Negative body image of women is very common in our society today. Through marketing and advertisement, it shows us how a female body should look or could look like. Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD) is not just for women only but many men suffer from it also. Society tend to appear men as strong, muscular and to show no emotion. People that suffer from BDD only focus on their imperfections and how to improve their flaws. Men are more likely to have alcohol and drugs issues. Women tend to become addicted quickly just as men (Comer 385). Study show that people who commit suicide drink alcohol before they do so. The alcohol helps them to be less fear of committing suicide (Comer 295).
Many people from different backgrounds are at greater risk of affected by mental illness. For example, schizophrenia is diagnosed more in African Americans culture. Study show African Americans are more likely to diagnosed with schizophrenia than White Americans (Comer 485). Schizophrenia is known as serious and severe psychotic disorder. Although anyone can develop schizophrenia, it can affect men, women, teens and children equally in every ethnic groups. But African Americans viewed as being over diagnosed with schizophrenia compared to White Americans because of economic differences. On average, African Americans are more likely to be poor than whites ( Comer 487).