What are the most common and basic signs of depression in women? Depression is a kind of mental disorder that can affect both women and men. It is pervasive and serious mood disorder. It can be mild to moderate or severe which then may significantly affect the quality of life of patient. It is relatively more common in women than in men.
Experts have confirmed that depression is twice more likely to occur in women than in men, and this statistic is found in most countries all around the world.
There is about 15 million individuals experience this mood disorder every year in the U.S – and as mentioned before, most of them is women. And did you know that about 2/3 of these people don’t get appropriate treatment that they need?
There are some different reasons. In general, we can divide these reasons into two major categories, (a) psychological causes and (b) biological causes!
And according to NIH (the National Institute of Health), the following are some factors or conditions that may cause an increased risk of depression in women:
- The use of certain medicines /medications.
- Certain social and psychological stress, such as divorce, job loss, etc.
- Loss of lovely people (particularly such as mother or father) before the age of 10.
- Both either sexual or physical abuse as a child.
- Personal history of mental /mood disorders in the early years of childbearing age.
- And family history of certain mental /mood disorders.
The risk of depression in girls and boys before adolescent is same. But once girls reach their puberty, their risk is higher than boys – according to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH). As noted before, the hormonal and biological changes may play a key role to the significantly increase in rates of depression among girls after puberty.
Still, depression is also more common in older women than in older men. But if compared to those who still at childbearing age, women after menopause (post-menopausal age) are less likely to have depression. Furthermore, this mental disorder is not a normal section of aging. And older women who experience depression generally also have prior histories of depression.
These may include (According to NIMH):