to one study, women are twice as likely to develop depression in
their lifetime as men are. Feelings of sadness, anxiety and even
numbness are common, and you might refer to them as “the
just “a bad day.” Sometimes, you might feel down because
of a missed opportunity, a disappointment, or a stressful day.
But if symptoms of depression persist and begin to interfere with
life, then you may have a more serious form of depression.
women will ignore symptoms of depression and believe that they
will eventually be able to “shake off” persistent
symptoms. Without outside help, however, that is not going to work.
notice persistent symptoms of depression, talk to a therapist about
your situation. Gone undetected or untreated, depression can seriously
affect your quality of life and may lead to suicide or self destruction.
Depression affects every woman differently, so symptoms vary greatly.
Common symptoms of depression include:
- persistent sadness, anxiety
- excessive crying
- loss of interest in things that once made you
- sexual disinterest
- helplessness and hopelessness
- changes in sleep patterns
- changes in appetite
- suicidal thoughts or preoccupation with
- concentration difficulty
- headaches and chronic pain
There are three types of depression.
- Major depression, also called
clinical depression, is the depression most commonly referred
to. This occurs when any of the symptoms of
depression persist for more than two weeks, and up to a few months
or more and symptoms begin to interfere with daily activities,
including the ability to work, study, sleep, eat, and enjoy life.
who have suffered major depression will have it several times
over the course of their lifetime.
- Dysthimia is major depression
that lasts continually for over two years. Persons with dysthimia
might be consistently fatigued
listless, failing to feel enthusiastic about anything. In fact,
symptoms of depression often become part of a person’s
personality and sense of self.
- Manic depression, also called
bipolar disorder, is a less common form of depression that
involves alternating between bouts of
severe depression and mania. During manic episodes, people
and may act out in impulsive and irresponsible manners. These
manic episodes are characterized by talkativeness, euphoria,
behavior, irritability, and other erratic and impulsive behaviors
such as sexual promiscuity and overspending.
Depression is often
caused by a number of factors, including genetics, biochemical
factors (the balance of neurotransmitters in your brain),
environmental factors, social situations. Studies suggest that
women are at a greater risk for developing depression than men
of hormonal, reproductive, interpersonal and biological factors.
Depression is often treated by psychotherapy. There are also
many types of antidepressants available that should be taken with
and under the careful supervision of a therapist.
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