Statistically, 1 in every 8 women can expect to develop clinical depression at some point in their life.
Consider yourself, your mother, and five girl friends…
1 in every 8 women? That’s alot.
Women are twice as likely than men to experience depression, although the exact reason for that is not known. There are also certain symptoms of depression that women are more likely to experience than men, such as gaining weight and sleeping more. This is called atypical depression and is when the symptoms are the opposite of symptoms from regular depression. Women are more likely to have atypical depression than men.
Research has shown that women may be more vulnerable to depression because of hormonal changes and imbalances throughout our lifetime, particularly after giving birth. But not all depression is postpartum. Some depression can be discovered or even brought on by PMDD.
There are different types of depression, some which women are more susceptible to such as seasonal affective disorder, which is when the winter months cause depression because of the lower amount of sunlight.
There are many ways of dealing with depression, such self help tips, medication, seeking counseling and even psychotherapy. There are many online tests that help you determine if you have symptoms of depression, but the best way to find out is to talk to your doctor and explain how you are feeling.