Do Women Suffer More From Depression And Stress?

According to a survey, Indian women were found to be more stressed. In this survey, about 87% of women reported that they were highly stressed and 82% of them said they had no time to relax.

Do Women Suffer More From Depression And Stress?

A woman has multiple roles in our society. Be it working for the family or taking care of her family needs. In addition to this, she culturally bound to cope - up with the familial and societal pressures and expectations.

Due to such strenuous work and familial pressures, with no time to relax, and the absence of a healthy lifestyle, the women are at the risk of mental problems like anxiety, bipolar disorder, depression, postpartum depression etc. Stress is an initial symptom of mental disturbance. If the stress management or treatment is not done on time, the condition is worsened to chronic stress which eventually leads to the risk of depression.

What is Depression?

Let's understand what is depression?

Depression can be defined as a "mood disorder resulting from a persistent feeling of sadness and loss of interest".

Depression is a serious condition which not only affects a person's mind but also has effects on the body.

Causes of Depression in Women

Let's discuss the causes of depression in women.

There is a much doubt about what actually causes depression in female. Following are a few causes that lead to depression:

  • Sensitive personality: usually anyone with a weak mainframe is at an increased risk
  • Genetic: Family history of depression
  • History of a head injury
  • History of mental trauma in childhood
  • Drug-induced depression
  • Life events like loss of a loved one, divorce, bereavement etc.

Symptoms of Depression in Women

Following are some of the symptoms of depression in women:

  • Mood swings/Depressed mood
  • Feeling of being unworthy
  • Inability to focus, think
  • Decreased/confused decision making
  • Restlessness
  • Decreased interest
  • Agitation
  • Suicidal tendencies/recurrent thoughts of suicide
  • Fatigue
  • Insomnia
  • Decreased appetite
  • Lethargic

Now that we know what are the causes and the symptoms of depression, let's discuss on how to fight depression.

Depression Treatment

The depression treatment or its management can be classified under 2 main categories:

  • Prevention: by following a healthy lifestyle
    • Meditation
    • Avoiding excessive thinking
    • Engaging in social activities
  • Treatment:
    • Psychotherapy
    • Cognitive behavioral therapy
    • Interpersonal therapy
    • Electroconvulsive therapy

There is a reason why we say "prevention is better than cure". It is ideally important to identify a significant medical problem at an earlier stage. This ensures increased chances of getting the right treatment at the right time.

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