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Navigating Through Women’s Concerns with Confidence

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Navigating Through Women’s Concerns with Confidence


According to UCG – Beyond Today, a third of American homes are “single-parent households… headed by mothers…” To this effect, David Blankenhorn, founder and president of the Institute for American Values, in the introduction to his book Fatherless America observes that “the United States is becoming a fatherless society.” The reality that stings is that women now have more responsibilities as they play the dual roles of mom and dad in the lives of their children.

“I am strong. I am invincible. I am woman…” sang Helen Reddy in 1972. In truth, women are not invincible, nor are they stronger than men. They are mothers who would do anything for their children. In recent decades, the empowerment of women made them stronger, able to be seen and heard. Their strength is shown in staying unshakable, putting up a brave front, even when they are hurting, unhappy or scared inside.

Yet, each one of them has a cross to carry. Despite resilience, you can become overwhelmed in the face of twenty-first century challenges. With your internal turmoil intruding into your thoughts and decisions, navigating through concerns can become more challenging, but not all is lost. Counseling is a proactive process that can help you sustain resilience and emotional health.


The “Weaker” Sex?

It is widely held the feminine gender is the “weaker” sex, like it is a fact. This justifies the recognition that is given to men, so that they are chosen as the heads of their families, clans and tribes since time immemorial. This continues to this day in certain cultures, while women are consigned with less significant responsibilities. Since the last century, women strove to change this because they do not belong to a weaker sex.

If the truth be told, “women are more ‘robust’ than men,” says The Guardian. Except for physical strength, their superiority is scientifically proven in several aspects. For instance, they are endowed with a longer life span of about five to six years. They can face trauma better. They can also avoid, survive and heal faster from medical ailments than men. They have more vigorous immune systems, and hypertension and cardiovascular diseases occur later and progress more slowly in women.

Their robust nature is shown by their ability to toil on heavy tasks, says anthropologist Adrienne Zihlman of the University of California – Santa Cruz. Nothing can be more physically and emotionally demanding than nurturing life in their own bodies and bringing a new life into this world. This means carrying extra weight for nine months, breastfeeding them for as long as necessary and possible, and raising them to the best of their abilities. Women have evolved into the “super humans” that they are because of motherhood.


The Feminine Weaknesses

Women’s “invincibility and strength” are not absolute. They too have vulnerabilities, like their male counterpart. According to the American Psychological Association’s (APA) Journal of Abnormal Psychology, women face a higher risk for certain emotional conditions. These include eating disorders, anxiety, depression and PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder). Certain studies reveal that women are 40 percent more likely to develop emotional conditions than men. Though they can survive and rebound from trauma better, they are twice as possible to develop PTSD.

More women have depression and anxiety. There are several factors that put you at risk for these conditions. Maybe these are linked to dramatic biological changes and hormonal fluctuations from childhood, puberty and adolescence to adulthood and later life. Scientists note that estradiol in women plays a role in the development of emotional issues and conditions. With the increasing statistics of single parenthood, more women are also being challenged by more domestic responsibilities and emotional overwhelm.

Why are women vulnerable to these emotional conditions? In a study undertaken by APA (2012), it was seen that they respond to stimuli by internalizing their feelings more. This may be why they are more susceptible to depression, anxiety, and PTSD.  As mothers and wives, they have more brushes or exposures to emotional experiences and encounters. With a longer life span, they can witness more deaths of loved ones. With the tendency to own up to so many responsibilities, you can also tend to self-blame more.

More women similarly struggle with eating disorders like bulimia, binging, and anorexia. According to Rachel Porter, this is related to their femininity, being “… often thought of in terms of things generally keyed feminine, such as vanity, emotionality, and perfectionism.”  This is heightened by today’s media, reinforcing the “sometimes too high of a standard” placed on weight, shape and looks.


The Issues at Hand

The twenty-first century changes have significantly turned around the life of women, empowering them in so many ways. While this may have improved their resilience, many also succumb to poor emotional health. You or another woman you know can probably force a smile to show that you are okay, even when you are not because you are struggling with certain issues. 

The empowered twenty-first century woman will not just struggle in silence. They will speak up or seek help from a counselor to release their internal turmoil. They will seek support to better resolve their issues and lessen the weight of the “cross they carry.” What are the issues that they must sail through?


  • Self-esteem and confidence, particularly where body image or self-worth are concerned
  • Splintering of the family, including divorce and separation
  • Emotional overwhelm, contributing to emotional conditions like depression, anxiety, etc.
  • Addressing and overcoming loss and grief
  • Poor communication skills and lack of assertiveness
  • Creating a balance between family and career/job
  • Overcoming trauma and other painful experiences 
  • Forging a healthy, nurturing relationship with loved ones
  • Finding fulfillment in being single, but not isolated


Succeeding as Women with 21st-Century Counseling

Women are innately tough because of motherhood – to care for and protect their children. Yet, motherhood is also responsible for them having enormous challenges that can bring you to emotional overwhelm, depression, anxiety, and PTSD. Many people believe that women’s issues have nothing to do with their “emotional or hormonal” nature. It is, however, undeniable that they have unique issues that can expose them to emotional issues and conditions. Even modern studies could not give clear explanations as to why women are more predisposed to such, despite their robust nature.

In this century, women are faced with other challenges as they pursue other interests aside from raising a family, and as they work and rule side by side with men. There are challenges in the workplace. There are issues at home, whether you have a co-parent or you’re a single mom. There are social challenges that will assault your sense of self or self-esteem, like the standard of what you should look or weigh.

It is a good thing that the acceptability of counseling has also grown in “leaps and bounds” in this century. Counseling can help you be an empowered and confident woman when you are feeling weak because of your plight – raising a family, especially if you are a single mom, parenting teens, staying driven and positive whether you are a working or a stay-at-home mom, etc. When you feel vulnerable and need help navigating through your issues, call us. The experienced counselors/therapists independently contracted with Carolina Counseling Services – North Fayetteville Office – Fayetteville, NC understand your issues. Call today!

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Counties: Cumberland, Bladen and Sampson Counties, NC
Areas: Fayetteville NC, Ft Bragg NC, Pope Field NC, Sliver City NC, Linden NC, Bowmore NC, Autryville NC, Bunnlevel NC, Erwin NC, Dundarrach NC, Pineview NC, Rex NC, Lemon Springs NC, Johnsonville NC, Eastover NC, Stedman NC and Wade, NC
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  • Becky Clark, MSW, LCSW

    Specializes in: (Ages 18+) Anxiety, Depression, Individuals, Couples, Geriatrics, Criminal Justice, Stress Management, Loss and Grief related to death, disability, divorce, deployment, “empty nest”, retirement and other major life transitions
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