Women and Depression
Updated: Nov 5, 2019
Fifteen million people in the United States suffer from some kind of depressive disorder every year. Approximately 70% of those sufferers are women. There is no clear idea why women are more susceptible to depression than men, but one theory is that it could be linked to hormones or genetics.
Women may experience certain stressors and conditions unique to them such as postpartum depression, miscarriage, premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD), perinatal depression, and peri menopausal depression. In addition, the multiple roles and various demands placed on women every day, both professional and personal, can take a toll on their mental health.
Depression can affect each woman differently. Some may experience just a few symptoms, others may experience many. Symptoms may vary on severity and frequency and on the stage of the illness. Some common symptoms of depression are:
Feelings of sadness that last longer than 2 weeks
Weight loss or gain
Losing interest in activities
Lack of concentration
Extreme tiredness or loss of energy
Insomnia or sleeping more than usual
Appetite loss or increase
If you or a woman you know has experienced any of the described symptoms and/or conditions now or in the past, support in the form of counseling and therapy can be greatly beneficial. With the proper help and support depression can be managed effectively for the long term. Please contact our office if you have any questions. We are here to help.