Women and depression is a topic that has received a great amount of comments at this website. We have written about understanding depression, including descriptions, causes and remedies for the different types of depression; but women want to know more about their gender-specific concerns. Here is some helpful information we can offer.
Major depression affects twice as many women as men. This two-to-one ratio exists regardless of racial and ethnic background or economic status. The same ratio has been reported in eleven other countries all over the world. The reason for the higher incidents of women and depression is unknown, but changes in a woman’s hormone levels may be the culprit. Before adolescence, the percentage of individuals experiencing depression is virtually the same. The female's risk of experiencing depression increases significantly to twice that of males with the onset of puberty.
Medical experts are researching the relationship between hormone level changes with the impact of depression on women. They have found the following information about women and depression.
Depression among women can coexist with eating disorders such as anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, anxiety disorders, obsessive-compulsive disorder, panic disorder, and social phobias. Depression also often coexists with other serious medical illnesses and may even make symptoms of the illness worse.
Depression in women may occur earlier in life, last longer, be more likely to reoccur, be more likely to be associated with stressful life events, and be more sensitive to seasonal changes. Take the following steps to curb the effects of depression: