The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences recently opened a psychiatric inpatient unit dedicated to women who experience trauma, depression, and anxiety disorders.
According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office on Women’s Health, women are about twice as likely as men to suffer from major depression and to experience anxiety disorders.
Dr. Jeffrey Clothier, the Medical Director at the Psychiatric Research Institute at UAMS, said there is a special unit for pregnant women and women who recently gave birth.
“That’s a very vulnerable period of time for the infant as well. We know that if the mother is healthy during that time, the child is going to have a better outcome,” said Clothier.
Clothier says he hopes this can be a resource for women throughout the region.
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