Women have health issues unique to them, or have health issues that affect both men and women, but affect women differently. The following is the first in a series of articles that will cover a variety of women’s health issues:
Women and Depression
In the U.S. about 15 million people experience depression each year. The majority of them are women and unfortunately, nearly two-thirds do not get the help they need.
Depression in women is very common. 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.
Depression is a serious and pervasive mood disorder. It causes feelings of sadness, hopelessness, helplessness, and worthlessness. Depression can be mild to moderate with symptoms of apathy, little appetite, difficulty sleeping, low self-esteem, and low-grade fatigue. Or it can be more severe.
Symptoms of depression in women include:
- persistent sad, anxious, or “empty” mood
- loss of interest or pleasure in activities, including sex
- restlessness, irritability, or excessive crying
- feelings of guilt, worthlessness, helplessness, hopelessness, pessimism
- sleeping too much or too little, early-morning awakening
- appetite and/or weight loss or overeating and weight gain
- decreased energy, fatigue, feeling “slowed down”
- thoughts of death or suicide, or suicide attempts
- difficulty concentrating, remembering, or making decisions
- persistent physical symptoms that do not respond to treatment, such as headaches, digestive disorders, and chronic pain
There are a variety of methods used to address depression, including medications such as antidepressants and psychotherapy. If you have depression, learn more about how to cope and treat from your health care provider – don’t just let it get the best of you!
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