6 Signs of Depression in WomenMarch 17, 2017 - Depression - 0 Comments
Women’s depression is more common than men’s depression, in fact, twice as prevalent regardless of ethnicity, economic background, and race. There are many studies that try to explain why the rate of depression is much higher among women. The majority of results reveal the following:
- Women tend to focus or dwell on their negative feelings more often than men. Unfortunately, too much pondering on negative emotions worsens depression instead of relieving it. Men, on the other hand, tend to distract themselves as much as they can.
- Women have a different physiological response to stress as women produce more stress hormones compared to men.
- Women are faced with high expectations about maintaining a successful career and home life.
- Hormonal fluctuations that cause depression during the menstrual cycle, perimenopause, and menopause.
- Hormonal changes during pregnancy and periods of infertility also play a huge role in depression.
Considering the innate difference between depression in men and women, it is only natural that they also differ in terms of signs of depression. Below are 6 common symptoms of depression among women:
- Intense feelings of loneliness and feelings of worthlessness.
Women tend to focus their negative emotions inward which make the feelings of sadness more serious. Depressed women feel that their existence does not have significance, that they do not have intrinsic value, and tend to interpret happenings in their life in this paradigm.
- Strong anxiety and fear.
Depressed women are prone to apprehension about normal events in their lives. These emotions might prevent them from socializing and going about their daily lives. This can be very difficult to bear; may women feel relationships are the most important things in their lives, and those relationships can suffer.
- Feelings of guilt and hopelessness.
Women who are suffering from depression tend to blame themselves about every negative happening in their lives, even if the event happened a long time ago. For instance, there are divorced women who find it hard to move on with their lives even after years of being separated. They are still nitpicking and analyzing the “mistakes” they committed that could have “saved” the relationship.
- Extremely irregular sleep patterns (oversleeping/ not sleeping at all)
Another sign of depression can be observed through one’s sleep pattern. Although it is not the same on all women, the sleep pattern is extremely irregular not to be noticeable. For instance, some depressed women tend to stay in bed for many hours, without going to work, eating or showering. Others, on the other hand, tend to stay still without getting sleepy at all.
- Suicidal thoughts.
Since depression causes women to feel hopeless and desperate, there is a possibility fo ther depressed patients think about taking their lives to relieve themselves of the suffering and loneliness they feel.
- Lack of energy and extreme “tiredness”
Depressed women lack the energy to do anything and to perform their usual routine and responsibilities. They often stay in bed or sit like a statue in front of the television doing nothing and looking “blank.”
Taking into account the stark difference between women and men depression it is critical that women seek professional help in a facility that specializes in depression treatment for women. While common mental health centers can also assist women patients suffering from depression, their treatment methods and approaches may prove to be limited, if not seriously lacking, to fully address the recovery requirements and needs of women.
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