Depression in Women
No, it’s not just in my head.
By Lyka Mae P. Chiang
Many people misinterpret the definition of depression. Depression is a serious medical condition that requires professional care to be treated properly. Women, due to numerous contributing factors, are more often affected than men. Here, we give you some of the causes, symptoms, and coping tips for all the depressed women out there.
One of the most common factors that have a significant effect on depression in women is hormonal changes. This includes puberty, pregnancy, menopause, giving birth, and miscarriage. Psychological and social factors are also widespread among women, such as stress due to loss of job, an illness, body image consciousness, and breakup or divorce. Even medications can contribute to depression especially if a woman is taking birth control pills, particularly those with high progesterone content.
It is important to know the symptoms of depression so that you’ll know when to seek medical advice. Some of the common symptoms of depression in women include persistent sadness and anxiety, loss of interest in activities, restlessness, irritable mood, appetite and weight loss, feeling of guilt and worthlessness, insomnia, pessimistic attitude, and worst, suicide thoughts and attempts. It may be hard to notice the symptoms, especially if you think that these are normal occurrences. That’s why if you find yourself dealing with one or two of these, then maybe it’s time for you to consult a professional.
Even though seeing a psychiatrist is required, some simple lifestyle changes can also make a huge dent in your depression. First, you may want to keep track of your sleeping schedule. Getting an 8-hour sleep is one of the most important things for a positive and healthy mind and body. Try to be a morning person and enjoy the company of a little sunlight—go for a short walk outdoors, or visit the park or your favorite coffee place. It is also important to have someone who you trust to vent out your thoughts and feelings to. A personal conversation with a family or a friend may give you the help and support that you need in such a tough time. And lastly, even if you’re not a social person, having people around you can help lighten up your mood, so try to participate in different social activities, and eventually, you may find yourself getting more and more comfortable in such situations.