Depression in Women
There are over 15 million people who suffer from depression in the United States, and most of those people are women. Like anxiety, depression in women is twice as likely as in men. Unfortunately, 2/3 of women suffering from depression symptoms won't seek help. Depression can be mild to moderate with symptoms fleeting and causing the sufferer to feel "down" for a short time, but they can also become severe and completely debilitating to those experiencing the condition.
The reasons that depression in women is more common than in men are still being researched. It is believed that when women hit puberty, the hormonal influx that begins and then changes constantly throughout life, such as during menstruation, pregnancy, and menopause, all play a part.
Some of the other causes of depression in women can develop are believed to include:
- Family history of depression or other mental illness
- Loss of a parent or guardian before the age of 10
- Loss or threat of loss of social support
- Childhood abuse
- Loss of relationship (losing a job, divorce, separation, etc.)
- Use of reproductive aids (some oral contraceptives and infertility treatments)
Depression in women generally lasts longer, occurs earlier, and is more easily influenced by life events, stress, and even seasons than depression in men. Also, women who suffer from anxiety, another condition that is more common in women than in men, are also more likely to develop severe depression than women who don't.
Symptoms of depression in women should not be ignored. If you or someone you know seems to be suffering from depression, it is important to find a treatment option that works to help you lead a more fulfilling and happy life.