By| Published: May 23rd, 2016
Women are nearly twice as likely than men to be diagnosed with depression. This is not only due to hormonal fluctuations and biological changes, but also because of biological, cultural, social and economic factors. Inherited traits and personal life circumstances are also associated with a higher risk of depression in women.
Reasons for Depression in Women
• Biological: Puberty, PMS, during pregnancy, after childbirth, and prior to menopause
• Social: Lack of social support, physical or emotional abuse
• Economic: Low income and its related stress
• Cultural: Multiple responsibilities like juggling housework, childcare, and a career
Symptoms of Depression in Women
• Changes in appetite leading to significant weight loss or weight gain
• Physical aches and pains
• Fatigue, or unexplained pain or other physical symptoms without a reason
• Loss of interest in things that were enjoyable earlier
• Significant changes in the sleep pattern – either insomnia or excess sleep
• Ongoing feelings of sadness, guilt or hopelessness
• Problems concentrating or remembering things
• Feeling that life isn’t worth living, or having thoughts of suicide
Women must visit their family doctor, obstetrician or gynaecologist. If needed, their primary care provider can refer them to a mental health professional who specializes in diagnosing and treating depression.
Please don’t hesitate to seek help if you think you’re depressed. Always remember – depression is both common and treatable.