One thing you need to clearly understand about depression, it is not ‘1-size fits all’ especially when it comes to women and men (genders). Men are less likely than women to develop this mood disorder. Furthermore, the pattern of signs and symptoms are also often different between depression in women and in men! Does it cause anxiety and even anger? Does it make you lose weight even gain weight? What else you need to know?!
In fact, depression can cause a variety of both physical and emotional problems.
If you have it, it may make you feel that your life is useless living and you may get trouble in doing your normal daily activities. It also can be potential to affect you productivity and put you at greater chance of losing your job, which then will cause a cascade of other problems.
You should not underestimate depression. It is not a weakness, but it is a chronic condition that also needs long-term treatment, like hypertension (high blood pressure) and diabetes. However, don’t get discouraged! Fortunately most patients can cope with the problem and feel better with psychological counseling, medication, and other appropriate treatments!
Experts and doctors often don’t have the answer about this issue with certainty. But most of them believe that it does run in the family.
If you have a family history of this mood disorder, this doesn’t mean that you will definitely have and experience the same condition but your risk may be higher than other people who don’t have any family history of depression or other mood disorders.
Genetic research suggests that the risk of developing this mood disorder likely involves a combination between multiple genes and other different factors (such as environmental factors). According to Mayo Clinic, other conditions /factors that may increase your risk of developing this mood disorder may include:
- Taking certain medications (such as sleeping pills and certain drugs for high blood pressure).
- If you have certain personality traits (such as having pessimistic or low self-esteem).
- You have had depression before.
- If you have bad personal relationships or have few friends.
- Some experts think that having friends with depression also may increase your risk of having the same condition.
- Gender! As noted before, depression is much more common in women than in men. So if you are a woman, you are more likely to have this mood disorder.
- Abusing illicit drugs, alcohol, or even nicotine.
- Did you ever heard about postpartum depression? It is a kind of depression that typically occurs in women who recently getting given birth. It is also pretty common in those who recently have a miscarriage.
- If you have a traumatic incident as a child.
- Certain serious health conditions also can increase the risk of developing this mood disorder. Some of these health problems are cancer, HIV /AIDS, heart disease, diabetes, and even Alzheimer’s.
- If you have a traumatic or stressful events, such as losing loved people (like parent, brother, sister, children, etc).
Anxiety is one of basic signs of depression, particularly in depressed women. While depressed men tend to feel suspicious & guarded, depressed women are more likely to feel anxious & scared – according to the National Institute of Mental Health.
But you need to clearly understand that anxiety and depression are not same. Each disorder has its own behavioral & emotional symptoms and its own causes!
But in fact, people with depression (particularly depressed women) also often experience symptoms and signs similar to those of anxiety disorder such as poor concentrating, sleeping problems, irritability, and nervousness – according to ADAA (the Anxiety and Depression Association of America).
Furthermore, many depressed patients also have a personal history of anxiety earlier in their life. But overall, there is still no clearly evidence that one mood disorder can lead to other mood disorders.
As mentioned before, this mood disorder can lead to a lot of symptoms, including anger. Some depressed people, however, become sad rather than angry – while others become angry rather than sad.
According to Help Guide Org (one of trusted non-profit resources), depressed men are more likely to feel irritable, angry, or ego-inflated – while depressed women are more likely to feel apathetic, sad, or worthless. Nevertheless, there is also a chance for both depressed men and women to experience all of these symptoms.
Many times the symptoms of anger in depressed people will become too difficult to handle alone! Joining into a support group, therapy & counseling, and medications if necessary are some treatment options. If patient have thoughts of suicide /death or even have some suicide attempts, it’s important to find help promptly!
According to some studies archived and published in 2010 in the Achieves of General Psychiatry found that depression can generate some factors that cause weight changes. Some of these factors are appetite disturbances and lack of sleep or excessive sleep.