Depression in Women

Most people do have a change in mood and feel low in certain situations. But when this persists for a prolonged period of time which then results in affecting one’s day to day activities it is known as Depression. Depression is normally seen as a condition that occurs if the symptoms remain for over 2 weeks. While depression is a common mood disorder, women have their own share of reasons that contribute to it. Women play multiple roles from spouses to mothers and more, these roles come with some responsibilities which can also cause depression. Depression is seen to occur more in women than in men due to various reasons like hormones and social pressure.

Some forms of depression only exist in women like Postpartum Depression and Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder. Postpartum depression occurs after giving birth to a baby. It involves the mother to feel worthless, in doubt of her capabilities and even in a state of wanting to cause harm to herself and the child. This occurs for months after the child is born. Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder is a form of depression that is related to a woman’s menstrual cycle. It occurs a week before the dates of the cycle and as the cycle approaches the feeling subsides. The negative feeling that one has during this time can affect interpersonal relationships to a large extent.

Depression in women vs men

Women feel anxious and scared, men feel guarded
Women feel lethargic, men feel restless
Women blame themselves, men blame others
Women open up and talk about the situation easily, men avoid opening up for the fear of it being seen as a weakness
Women turn to friends or food to heal better, men prefer indulging in alcohol or sports

Depression in women has very similar treatments like regular depression. Communicating with a close one or a counsellor even if it is via chat or video call is important. In addition to therapy and medication, self-help groups, exercise, good sleep, and relaxation techniques help women improve their mood making it a step closer to be treated.