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.
A. General causes
1. Hormone imbalance
About 60% of people suffering from physical depression have abnormal
levels of thyroid or adrenal hormones causing impaired thinking and
making it difficult to carry out daily activity. If the thyroid hormone
is in low levels we have hypothyroidism resulting in weight gain,
fatigue and loss of appetite. If the thyroid hormone is in high levels
we have hyperthyroidism resulting in hand trembling, weakness, anxiety
and nervousness On the other hand, if adrenal hormone is in low levels
symptoms may include stress, and weakness. If the adrenal hormone is in
high level symptoms include weight gain, and diabetes.
2. Immune disorder
Immune system disorder causes concentration difficulty, lowered mood, memory loss, anxiety and symptoms of depression.
3. Nutritional deficiency Too much Omega fatty 6 and deficiency of
Omega acid 3 causes memory loss, mood swings and depression. On the
other hand deficiency of vitamin B12, chromium, selenium or magnesium
causes anxiety and depression as well as mood swings.
4. Sleeping disorder
If sleeping disorder is serious enough to interfere with normal
physical, mental and emotional functioning such as fatigue, poor
concentration, low mood and other symptoms of depression.
5. Effect of medication taken
Many medications cause symptoms of depression as a side effect such as
low mood and anxiety as a result of taking heart and hypertension
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