Depression in Women

Due to many reasons, depression is more common in women than in men. In fact, women are twice as likely to suffer from depression than men are. This two-to-one difference seems to persist across racial, ethnic, and economic divides, and is found in most countries around the world.

According to the National Mental Health Association one in eight women in America will develop clinical depression during their lifetime, and approximately 12 million women experience depression each year.

The main causes of female depression can run from social pressure, to hormonal changes, to the unique female response to stress. There is also a higher incidence of thyroid problems experienced by women, which can lead to depression.

The signs and symptoms of depression are the same for both men and women, although women seem to experience symptoms of atypical depression more often than men do. In atypical depression, rather than eating and sleeping less, which leads to weight loss, the opposite is experienced: eating more, sleeping excessively and gaining weight.

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COMMON CAUSES OF DEPRESSION IN WOMEN:

  • Premenstrual problems – PMS can be mild in some women, and severe enough in others to disrupt their lives and lead to symptoms of depression. Check with your doctor if this may be the case as you might be suffering from PMDD: premenstrual dysphoric disorder. PMDD is characterized by irritability, mood changes and severe depression. Symptoms usually begin about 10 to 14 days before your period and improve within a few days of its start.
  • Infertility or Pregnancy – Infertility is a highly stressful and emotional condition that many women suffer through commonly leading to varying degrees of depression. The use of gonadotropin stimulants that are used in fertility treatments can lead to depression. Other issues such as miscarriage, unwanted pregnancy and the hormonal changes that occur during pregnancy can easily be contributing factors leading to depression.prenatal depression by thundho - nadu - andhu
  • Postpartum depression – Usually called the “baby blues”, this type of depression can be a normal and mild reaction to hormonal changes and life changes that subsides within a few weeks or can slide into a deeper and severe, long-lasting depression.
  • Perimenopause and menopause – Are other natural life-stages where women are prone to depression from rapidly fluctuating hormones and physical changes in their bodies. Women that have a past history of depression are at an increased risk of depression during menopause.
  • Stress response – The female response to stress is different than a man’s. The female hormone progesterone prevents the stress hormone system from turning itself off as it does in men. This leads women to develop depression under lower levels of stress than men do.
  • Self-esteem – Body image and self-esteem are closely linked in women, and research points to body dissatisfacion being a risk factor for depression, especially in adolescence.

 

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There are many support groups, interest groups, and inspirational websites where you can learn and be a part of a larger whole; experiencing the love and support of other women out there.

My fiance’s favorite women’s sites are awakeningwomen, which is a beautiful site on the sisterhood and community of women and their experiences, and creativerelationship, which is a site on love, relationships, and building a beautiful and healthy relationship.

There is much value in reaching out and inspiring yourself, not letting a negative mind or moment take over, but immersing yourself in all you can find that is positive and good.