Symptoms Of Depression In Women

Around 16 million or 6.9% of adult Americans suffered from some sort of episodic major depression in 2012 (NIMH). During this same year, within a 12 month period, 8.4% of females suffered from at least 1 episodic episode. When compared to the males at 5.2%, women were more prominently targeted by depression.

Knowing the Difference

While most individuals will suffer from mild periods of depression that are more often than not related to some sort of life altering even such as a death, divorce, or job loss. This type of depression normally does not last longer than 2 weeks, whereas major depression will not just go away.

Individuals that suffer from major depression will feel completely hopeless and self-hate that cannot be shaken off. It is crucial to seek medical and psychological treatment, if these symptoms worsen or do not go away.

Symptoms

  • Fatigue
  • Insomnia
  • Loss of Interest in Special Hobbies, Sports, or Crafts
  • Isolation
  • Decreased Sex Drive
  • Anxiety
  • Restlessness and Irritability
  • Decreased Appetite with or without Weight Loss
  • Uncontrollable Sadness, Anger, Fear
  • Mood Swings
  • Inability to Focus
  • Sleeping More During the Day
  • Unkempt Personal Hygiene

Warning Signs

It is very important to seek medical attention for major depression disorder, but there are several warning signs that may increase the individual’s risk of committing suicide.

  • Talking About Death
  • Suicide Attempts (cutting or overdosing)

Risk Factors

  • Heredity or Family History of Major Depression
  • Having Been Diagnosed with Previous Mental Illnesses
  • Chronic Illness
  • Physical Disability
  • Insomnia
  • Abusive Relationship
  • Being Female
  • Lack of Family Support