Depression or major depressive feeling is a very common but critical medical condition where a person generate negative feelings and thoughts for oneself and others. It can occur in both women and men of any age. According to several surveys around the world it has been found that 1 out of 5 women and 1 in 10 men suffer from depressive disorder or depression. This condition can get more worse and may lead to smoking, poor nutrition, drinking , weird behavior and sometimes suicidal steps. It can complicate or completely ruin one’s social, personal as well as career.People occasionally feels sad or blue, but these feelings are short-lived, that fades away with time. But when a woman has depression, it interferes with her normal and daily life functioning. It causes an intense pain especially for her and her close ones. Old ages women have been considered very weak in physical and in personality and other emotional aspects. This disorder is a common but critical mental illness, and most women who face it need medical treatment.
All women with depression may not have the same signs. But some common signs of depressive illness in women are
- Anxiety or Restlessness
- Constant sad or “lonely” feelings
- Persistent irritability
- Helplessness or feelings of guilt
- Loss of appetite or overeating
- Cramps or indigestion
- Headaches, persistent pains or aches
Knowing the signs and causes of depression help to create awareness about this depressive disorder. There are variety of reasons influencing why a woman becomes depressed.
Below listed are some common reasons a woman may get depressed.
Stress is one of the most common reason of depression especially in women. Some life events such as relationship failure, trauma, family responsibilities, losing loved ones or other stressful situation- whether unwelcome or welcome- can occur before this depressive phase. Other common circumstances like poverty and abuse also contributes to this condition.
It can be a common biological factor that leads to depressive condition in women. Every month during pre-menstruation phase, most of the women suffers from mood swing disorders due to hormonal changes. Moodiness and anger are major symptoms for this situation. The best way to get rid of this suffering or occurrence is regular meditation, yoga, work out and other physical activity for relaxation.
Menopause is another common biological factor leading to depression. Similar to Menstruation, hormonal changes are particularly responsible for menopause. Fatigue, negative thoughts, insomnia and restlessness are some of the common symptoms for menopause. If diagnosed earlier, this condition can be medically treated in initial stage.
Social factors and social life plays an essential role in a person’s life. Social life affects both men and women. Relationships, lifestyles, coping skills, Career etc affects everyone’s life but these factors cause depression in women more than in men. The major reason can be, women don’t socialise more and can feel more lonely. They start feeling alone, helpless and sometimes unwanted. Many times, it may lead to suicidal attempt.
A person’s personality can also be affected by the kind of environment they live in and spend time in, such as college/class/school environment, office/work environment. When a person experience stress and discrimination at his/her work place or in college and in schools can cause poor performance and cause depression. The depressive situation can be a serious obstacle in reaching one’s goals and show symptoms like fatigue, anxiety and moodiness.
These are some of the common reasons why depression strikes women more than men. It is even more dangerous to ignore the initial symptoms of depression. If you experience any of the symptoms of depression from a week or two, it’s better to consult a doctor,