Do you feel sad, feeling empty, irritable, difficulty in sleeping, difficulty concentrating, restless, aches, pains, suicidal thoughts and so on? It is normal to feel these emotions once in a while. But if it is already more than a week then it’s time you take action and find the cause of the negative emotion.
Depression in women is quite common and can happen at any age. According to studies, there are at least 15 million people who suffer depression in the US. A majority of those who suffer are women and it’s very unfortunate that nearly two-thirds do not get the help they need. In some point in a life, one in four women is likely to have an episode of major depression.
There are different types of depression in women and we should understand the root cause of the depression. Depression can be moderate, with symptoms of lethargy, low self-esteem, less appetite, fatigue, difficulty in sleeping and other signs that are serious.
Symptoms of depression
- Feeling of emptiness
- Loss of interest in activities
- Loss of sexual interest
- Feeling of hopelessness, worthlessness, guilt
- Too much crying
- Weight loss or weight gain
- Lack of sleep or too much sleeping
- Difficulty concentrating / decision-making
- Chronic pain, headache, digestive disorders
- Suicidal thoughts
Hormonal changes can also cause a feeling of depression and mood changes in women. But hormonal changes alone don’t cause depression. Other factors associated with a higher risk of depression are life experiences and situations and other biological factors. Here are a few factors that contribute to depression in women.
Temporary mood swings associated with hormonal changes during puberty is normal and is time and again related to other experiences that can play a role in depression like conflict with the parents, peer pressure, school pressure in having good grades, excel in sports, or identity issues.
Most females experience premenstrual syndrome or PMS with symptoms such as a headache, breast tenderness, bloating, irritability, anxiety and mood swings. But there is a small number of women who have severe and incapacitating symptoms that interrupt day to day activities. At this point, PMS may cross the line into Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder or PMDD which is a type of depression that usually requires treatment.
Hormonal changes during pregnancy can affect the mood. It may increase the risk of depression during pregnancy or during the attempt to become pregnant.
- Relationship problems
- Lack of social support
- Previous episode of depression, postpartum depression
- Stopping the use of antidepressant medications
- Lifestyle changes
Many new mothers have experienced baby blues; a feeling of being sad, irritable, angry and crying spells soon after birth. This is normal that will last within a week or two. But if the symptoms persist, this is an indication of a more serious problem – postpartum depression.
- Feeling of numbness
- Thoughts of harming the baby
- Trouble sleeping
- Inability to care for the baby
- Suicidal thoughts
We can always fight the feeling of depression. We have to be in line with the Almighty Father’s plan for us and pray for guidance. Prayer is a powerful tool to fight all the negative things in our life. Yahown is here to help and guide you during the time when you feel alone and empty.