Depression

Depression is a serious condition that affects a person’s social, personal and work life.

The major signs of depression include:

  • Depressed mood
  • Loss of interest or pleasure in activities you used to enjoy
  • Feelings of guilt, hopelessness and worthlessness
  • Suicidal thoughts or recurrent thoughts of death
  • Sleep disturbance (sleeping more or sleeping less)
  • Appetite and weight changes
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Lack of energy and fatigue

Studies suggest that women and men experience depression differently; although the symptoms are the same. In fact women are twice as likely to suffer from depression as men.

This can be said to be due to a variety of factors including hormonal factors and biological factors.

  • Premenstrual problems
  • Pregnancy and infertility
  • Postpartum depression
  • Perimenopause and menopause
  • Health problems

Psychological

  • Focusing on and rehashing negative feelings
  • Overwhelming stress at work, school, or home
  • Body image issues

Treatment

Depression can be treated in a variety of ways, yet these methods differ from men to women.

Because of female biological differences, women should generally be started on lower doses of antidepressants than men. Women are also more likely to experience side effects, so any medication use should be closely monitored.

Finally, women are more likely than men to require simultaneous treatment for other conditions such as anxiety disorders and eating disorders.

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