What are the most common, 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, moderate or severe. Depending on how severe it is, it may significantly affect the quality of life of the patient. And it is relatively more common in women!
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 are about 15 million individuals affected by this mood disorder every year in the U.S! Unfortunately, most of them don’t get appropriate treatment.
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There are some different reasons, some are as follows:
And according to NIH (the National Institute of Health), the following are some factors and conditions that increase the risk:
- The use of certain medicines /medications.
- Social events and psychological stress, such as divorce, job loss, etc.
- Loss of lovely people, especially during childhood (before the age of 10).
- Sexual or physical abuse.
- Personal history of mental /mood disorders in the early years of childbearing age.
- And family history of certain mental 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). The hormonal and biological changes may play a key role.
Still, depression is also common in older women. But if compared to those who are still at childbearing age, women after menopause (post-menopausal age) are less likely to have depression.
These may include (According to NIMH):