Depression is more common among women due to certain biological and social reasons. Depression is a state of mind when you feel upset and lost for the world. If sustains, it can lead to suicide or self-harm.
Though it is quite debatable that our society is still patriarchal or not, there are still thousands of cases reported about domestic violence on women, sexual abuse, molestation, and whatnot. These can be enough reason to drive a woman into depression.
Whatever may be the reason, depression affects women adversely including their mental health, physical health, work-life, losing their self-esteem.
What can be the causes?
Here are some of the causes of depression in women:
• Due to premenstrual syndrome (PMS): During the menstrual cycle, hormones fluctuate which causes premenstrual syndrome (PMS) like bloating, fatigue, and emotional disturbance. Symptoms can be serious in some women which can cause depression and other mood irritability.
• Problems during Pregnancy: Women can face depression through various pregnancy issues like miscarriage, women who are at risk, infertility, etc.
• Postpartum depression: Postpartum depression is a kind of mental disturbance that occurs in a woman after the birth of a child. Sometimes it can be severe can cause difficulty in bonding with the baby, loss of appetite, irritability, etc.
• Menopause and perimenopause: Depression in women is likely to occur when she goes through the phase of perimenopause or menopause.
• Stress in women: Stress hormones in women can trigger depression.
• Body image problems: Some woman faces body image issues during sexual development which can be a cause of depression.
• Thyroid problems: there are several women who suffer from thyroid. Sometimes severe thyroid issues can lead to depression.
Following are some signs of depression in women:
The signs of depression among women differ from normal to severe.
Here are some common signs:
• Loss of interest: Loss of interest in anything you do.
• Feels low and upset all the time
• Unwilling to eat anything
• Change of sleep pattern
• Mostly annoyed, disturbed, and frustrated
• Cannot focus on your work
• Various aches problems like back pain, period cramps, headache, etc
• Losing confidence and self-esteem
• Mostly want to stay alone
• Self-harm thoughts
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