The feeling of depression is something which is common to both men and women. However studies have shown that irrespective of caste, creed, culture, nationality or economic divide, women have a tendency to become depressed more easily than men. Research has reveled that women in the age groups of 15-30 are more likely to suffer from bouts of depression.
Unlike men women tend to remain in a depressed state for longer periods of time. The chances of recurring episodes of depression are higher in women than in men. The reason for frequent bouts of depression in women can be attributed to bodily changes which happen during a woman’s teenage years, pregnancy and post partum depression which most women endure, periods of depression a woman experiences during PMS and even at the time a woman reaches menopause.
Women are biologically wired to experience heightened levels of anxiety, guilt and phobic disorders which make them more prone to frequent episodes of depression.
There are many other factors which increases the risk of depression in women. These include losing a parent- especially the mother- before a child reaches puberty, abuse either of a physical or sexual nature that a woman has endured as a child, a family history of manic depression, times of stress like divorce, losing a job or losing a child which can increase the chances of women slipping into a state of depression.
It is extremely important to understand the symptoms of depression in women so that proper treatment can be given. Some of the common symptoms of depression in women include loss of self esteem, frequent mood swings, extreme irritability, a feeling of being physically drained, inexplicable feelings of despair or guilt, inability to concentrate on any given job, loss of pleasure in everyday activities including games, music or personal hobbies, disinterest in sex or loss of libido and a constant feeing of restlessness.
If a woman feels depressed for longer than normal periods of time, then she should seek medical advice. The individual suffering from depression may most likely be advised to take a course of anti-depressants or attend counseling sessions. Some of the best ways to fight depression is to join a support group, take up a new hobby, or indulge in self calming activities like meditation, yoga or simple deep breathing exercises.