What is Depression in Women?

By  ,  Onlymyhealth editorial team
Jul 21, 2011

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  • Depression is a pervasive mood disorder.
  • It is more common in women as compared to men.
  • it causes feelings of hopelessness, helplessness and worthlessness.
  • Hormonal change is one of the most common causes.

Depression is a serious and pervasive mood disorder which causes feelings of sadness, hopelessness, helplessness and worthlessness. It can range from mild to moderate or severe.

depression in women

Symptoms of Depression in women

  • Feeling sad, anxious
  • loss of interest or pleasure in all activities
  • Feeling restless or irritated
  • sleeping too much or too little
  • loss of appetite or weight loss
  • fatigue or felling exhausted
  • Having suicidal thoughts
  • Difficulty remembering, or making decisions


Why is it more common in women as compared to men?

Before adolescence, the rate of depression is about the same for the genders but the with the onset of puberty, it increases dramatically to twice in girls as compared to boys. The increased rate of depression in women is believed to be associated with hormonal changes that take place throughout a woman’s life. However, these changes become more evident during puberty, pregnancy and menopause. A woman may also experience depression after delivering a baby or miscarriage.

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What increases the chances of depression in women?

The factors that increase the changes of depression women include reproductive, genetic and other biological factors. Some common factors that could increase the risk include:

  • Family history of mood disorders
  • history of mood disorders in reproductive years
  • Loss of social support system
  • psychological or social stress
  • physical or social abuse
  • use of certain medications

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