Most people deal with depression at some point in their lives. Depression is not the same when it comes to genders.Depression, the second-leading cause of global disability (source - Plos Medicine journal), has rates of incidence affecting women more than men.
From reproductive hormones to social pressures, recent studies have concluded that the female response to stress is more than that of men. Not only are women more prone to depression as compared to their male counterparts, they are also more vulnerable to bipolar disorder, seasonal effective disorder and dysthymia (or long-term depression).
The rate of depression is similar in girls and boys until adolescence. With the onset of puberty, a female’s risk of developing depression increases. Health experts blame the changes in hormone levels that occur throughout a woman's life for depression.
Reproductive, genetic, biological, interpersonal, psychological and personality characteristics contribute to depression in women (National Institutes of Health). Working women with kids and those who are single parents are more likely to be marred by stress.
Other factors that contribute to depression in women are:
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