31/05/2013 07:38 BST | Updated 30/07/2013 06:12 BST

Women More Prone to Mental Health Problems Than Men

Psychological disorders are between 20 and 40 percent more common in women, who are under increasing pressure to look after the family, keep the house in order, and go out and earn an income.

In a recent report, the University of Oxford's Professor Daniel Freeman said that the pressures of daily life have taken their toll on the mental health of women. He claims that psychological disorders are between 20 and 40 percent more common in women, who are under increasing pressure to look after the family, keep the house in order, and go out and earn an income. The professor said that the high levels of stress being faced by women these days has led to a variety of problems, ranging from anxiety and depression through to panic attacks, phobias, and even eating disorders.

Freeman went on to say that previously many believed that the men and women were on a level pegging when it came to mental health issues. However, he said that this was not the case, as females tended to bear the brunt of mental health conditions. While there are various treatments available to help women and men who suffer from mental health issues, they can often end up being ineffective for one of a variety of reasons.

How residential programmes can help

For any woman -or any man for that matter - who has experienced mental health issues, the road to recovery can be a long and challenging one. The very essence of mental health issues means that while the downward spiral may have been lightning fast, climbing back up from the depths of these problems can be a slow and arduous journey - and one that many people struggle with.

Some people spend years battling with various mental health issues, and these can be caused or exacerbated by a variety of underlying problems. There are many different reasons why people may fail to respond well to traditional treatment, and one of the common reasons is the environment in which they are trying to recover. For some people, one of the reasons behind their condition is their environment, which means that remaining in that same environment is never going to be conducive to recovery.

Residential care is one thing that can really boost the chances of recovery for those with psychiatric problems, as it provides a setting and ambiance that is conducive to recovery. Specialist residential clinics such as Bridges to Recovery create a calm, stress free environment in which those with mental health issues can focus on recovery rather their condition getting worse due to the stressful environment they are in.

Another important factor when it comes to residential care is the fact that there is a huge amount of support available. This not only includes professional onsite support from experts but also the support of other people experiencing similar problems, which means that residents can benefit from a strong network of group support.

In short, those with mental health issues or behavioural problems can benefit from a far greater chance of recovery by going into residential care for a while because of:

• Increased onsite and group support

• An environment that is conducive to recovery

• Personalised treatment programmes designed to achieve the best results

• The implementation of clinic strategies to get patients back on track

These are all vital components of an effective treatment plan to help both women and men who suffer from these conditions.