Ten Signs Women Are At Depression’s Mercy
Why is it that women suffer from so many health issues like depression? For centuries it seems we have battled with issues from mood swings due to our monthly cycle to chronic depression and pain. It feels like it’s an ongoing, endless cycle that sometimes ends in suicidal thoughts, drug addiction or hospitalization.
Not many years ago I was in the same boat. Battling chronic pain, migraine headaches and depression began to take its toll on my mental health, too. Family members agreed with my doctor that there was something wrong, but no one could put their finger on it, including me. It would be years before anyone diagnosed the culprit…mild depression brought on by real, physical imbalances deep inside my DNA.
Statistics of depression in women
The facts about depression in women are staggering. In the U.S. there are about 15 million people who experience depression each year. The majority of them are women. Unfortunately, nearly two-thirds do not get the help they need.
Depression in women is extremely common and becoming more so. In fact, women are twice as likely to develop clinical depression as men. Up to one in four women is likely to have an episode of major depression at some point in life.
What is depression?
Depression is a serious mood disorder. It causes feelings of sadness, hopelessness, helplessness, and worthlessness. Depression can be mild to moderate with various symptoms including apathy, loss of appetite, trouble sleeping, low self-esteem, and varying degrees of fatigue.
What are the symptoms of depression in women?
Signs women are at depression’s mercy include:
- persistent sadness, feeling anxious or feeling “empty”
- loss of interest or pleasure in normal activities, including sex
- restlessness, irritability, or excessive crying
- feelings of guilt, worthlessness, helplessness, hopelessness, negative thoughts
- sleeping too much or too little, waking unusually early in the morning
- increase or decrease in appetite, weight loss or weight gain
- decreased energy, fatigue, feeling like everything is in slow motion
- thoughts of death or suicide, or suicide attempts
- difficulty concentrating, remembering, or making decisions
- persistent symptoms that do not respond to treatment; like headaches, stomach issues and chronic pain
Why is depression in women more common than depression in men?
Before girls and boys hit adolescence, the rate of depression is about the same. However, a girl’s risk of developing depression increases dramatically with the onset of puberty to twice that of boys.
Experts believe that the increased chance of depression in women may be related to changes in hormone levels. These changes are evident during puberty, pregnancy, and menopause as well as after giving birth or experiencing a miscarriage. In addition, the hormonal roller coaster that occurs with each month’s cycle might contribute to PMS otherwise known as premenstrual syndrome; and PMDD, known as premenstrual dysphoric disorder. This is a severe syndrome that manifests in depression, anxiety, and mood swings. We all know that it occurs the week before our periods and interferes with our normal daily life.
What increases the chances of depression in women?
According to the National Institutes of Health, depression is increased in women because of reproductive and genetic factors; interpersonal factors; and other psychological and personality traits. In addition, women juggling work with raising kids and women who are single parents suffer more stress that may trigger symptoms of depression. Other factors that could increase risk include:
- family history of mood disorders
- loss of a parent before age 10
- ongoing psychological and social stress, such as loss of a job, relationship stress, separation or divorce
- physical or sexual abuse as a child
- use of certain prescribed medications
Women can also get postpartum depression after the birth of a baby. Some people get seasonal affective disorder in the winter. Depression is one part of bipolar disorder.
Hope in a bottle
Girls we don’t have to settle. It did take hitting rock bottom for me to realize that my health, both mental and physical was in my hands; however, it doesn’t have to be that way for you. Gone are the days where we blindly allow others to determine the outcome of how we feel. Don’t you agree that we, women who do it all know our bodies better than any other person, including medical professionals?
So, realize that when you feel pain you can determine the underlying cause by paying attention to when it started, what you ate or drank or where you were when it all began. Document all of these external triggers to help you figure out the culprit.
When you feel sad, take note of the time of month it is if you are still having regular monthly visits from Mother Nature your feelings may be directly tied to your cycle. If you are finished with that stage of your life, you still have cycles just without the period so journal how you feel and the time of month it occurred.
If you are not already taking a quality vitamin supplement find one and take them regularly. Trust me when I say that a good part of my recovery from depression began with my vitamins every morning with breakfast. You could even take an agmatine sulfate supplement as there is new research suggesting it can be a more natural way to help with despression. Drink plenty of fresh water and less coffee and tea. I know it’s difficult it was for me…I drank three pots of coffee per day. Once I weaned myself down to three cups per day imagine my joy when I was less tense and began sleeping better.
Take time to talk with your spouse or a trusted friend. Many times others can sense the trouble spot that we may not see or feel. Be open to their loving suggestions, but remember it’s your body; you get to decide the direction you will take to feel better and regain your long-lasting energy.
Finally, give your body the fighting chance it needs to fully recover. Tune up your DNA with Protandim. Once our family started using it on a regular basis our occasional depression disappeared right along with the chronic pain of migraine headaches, back pain and those horrid anxiety attacks.
Ultimately, if you or someone you know is suffering with depression it might be advisable to reach out to a metal health professional through an organisation like Florida Behavioral Health. This is particularly important if things don’t seem to be getting any better.
I hope you and your loved ones never have to battle chronic pain or be at depression’s mercy. If this information helped you, please “Like” this article and share with your friends.
If you have ever suffered from depression and feel comfortable sharing your story leave a comment below; we’d love to hear how you won the battle over depression.
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