Posted by Chantel Martiromo, Article By Kyle J. Norton
Depression is a normal response as part of our daily lives such as
the loss of s job, the death of a love one, and illness. Over 30 million
Americans suffer from depression and the amount is increasing in an
alarming rate. Depression may be a mental health disorder that can
affect the way you eat, sleep, and the way you feel about yourself. The
mild case of depression can be defeated by a variety of self-care
techniques. Others require the treatment of medication, such as
antidepressant medications and psychotherapy that help to reduce and
sometimes eliminate the symptoms of depression. According to the
National Mental Health Association, one in every eight women can expect
to experience clinical depression during their lifetime. In gender
perspective, women are twice at risk to develop depression than men.
Women and depression
In an article of Why Women Experience Depression More Than Men, by Susan
Nolen-Hoeksema, Ph.D., Carla Grayson, Ph.D. & Judith Larson, Ph.D.,
the experts wrote that researchers have known for years that women
experience depression more often than men do, but the reason for this
gender difference has not been clear. A study published by researchers
provides some answers by showing how social conditions and personality
characteristics affect each other and contribute to the gender
differences in depressive symptoms.
B. Biological causes of depression
Most biological causes are hormones related as a result of low levels of
female hormone in the stage of perimenopause and menopause or suddenly
drop of hormone after birth as well as other such as pregnancy, stress,
Women who experience menstrual irregularities at the stage of
perimenopause are at higher to develop depression due to declining of
both estrogen and progesterone as a result of increased production
follicle stimulating hormone.
In menopause stage, women are no longer menstruation as a result of the
complete shut down of egg produced ovaries and levels of estrogen and
progesterone produced are declined rapidly, leading to depression.
3. Premenstrual problems
It is a result of hormone irregularities or fluctuation as a result of
typical American diet with high in saturated and trans fat with less
fruits and vegetables, causing premenstrual syndrome like depression.
4. Postpartum depression
is a type of clinical depression, affecting women, after childbirth.
Normally this of nervous tension occurs in women in the first new months
of pregnancy, but in some women, it can last after child birth. The
rate of occurrence is between 5 -25%, depending to the uniqueness of
each women. In men the occurrence of postpartum depression are uncleared
with the range between 1% and 25%.
Normally the symptoms will go away on its own in a short period of time
(Baby blue symptoms). In some women, the symptoms get more serve
everyday and does not go away that can leading to the onset of
5. Pregnancy and pregnancy related depression
Hormonal change during pregnancy may be another cause of depression,
especially dor women with family history of depression. Other pregnancy
related problems such as infertility, miscarriage, still birth, etc can
increase stress that can lead to depression as well.
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