Women have too many roles in life, role of a mother, wife, employee, friend, healer, caregiver and many more. The complexity of these roles can cause the situation of stress and depression in life. These mood changes could be due to life events or due to hormones.
Depression is almost twice more likely to affect women than men and tends to have different factors causes in women than it does in men.
Major depression is a severe form of depression where a woman loses her ability to find pleasure in activates once considered enjoyable. It affects a women’s ability to work, sleep and eat in normal manner. It is also known as major depressive disorder- your depressed state may persist for an extended period of time and is often accompanied with low self-esteem.
Postpartum Depression is a form of depression that occurs after the birth of a baby. The symptoms of this of depression begin in the months following birth, while in other cases, they can occur while still
Persistent Depressive Disorder
considered a milder form of depression; this is an extended depressed mood that lasts for two years or more. Major depressive episodes (i.e., more severe forms of depression) may still occur during persistent depressive disorder.
Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder
Depression that is tied to a woman’s menstrual cycle. In this form of depression, severe mood swings, anxiety, and negative thoughts present themselves in the week prior to the start of menstruation and dissipate once the menstrual period begins. Depressive symptoms are severe enough to negatively impact interpersonal relationships and interfere with daily activities.
Some of the distinguishing factors in how depression differs between women vs. men include:
• Women feel anxious and scared; men feel guarded
• Women blame themselves for the depression; men blame others
• Women commonly feel sad, worthless, and apathetic when depressed; men tend to feel irritable and angry
• Women are more likely to avoid conflicts when depressed; men are more likely to create conflicts
• Women turn to food and friends to self-medicate; men turn to alcohol, TV, sex, or sports to self-medicate
• Women feel lethargic and nervous; men feel agitated and restless
• Women easily talk about their feelings of self-doubt and despair; men hide feelings of self-doubt and despair-considering it a sign of weakness
What Causes Depression in Women?
There are a multitude of genetic, hormonal, psychological, and social factors that come into play when citing the cause of depression in women. Biology and Hormones, Social Causes , and Psychological causes are some of the major causes of depression in women.
Signs and Symptoms
To live a happy and depression free life, you may want to begin with the following ways:
• Keep a positive attitude.
• Accept that there are events that you cannot control.
• Be assertive instead of aggressive. Assert your feelings, opinions, or beliefs instead of becoming angry, defensive, or passive.
• Learn and practice relaxation techniques; try meditation, yoga.
• Exercise regularly. Your body can fight stress better when it is fit.
• Eat healthy, well-balanced meals.
• Learn to manage your time more effectively.
• Set limits appropriately and say no to requests that would create excessive stress in your life.
• Make time for hobbies and interests.
• Get enough rest and sleep. Your body needs time to recover from stressful events.
• Don’t rely on alcohol, drugs, or compulsive behaviors to reduce stress.
• Seek out social support. Spend enough time with those you love.