Depression is incredibly common in women, and is more prevalent in women than in men; women are twice as likely to become depressed. There are many possible reasons for this discrepancy. For example, women face unique reproductive issues, such as premenstrual problems, pregnancy, postpartum depression, and menopause. Women are also more likely to experience body image issues and spend more time rehashing negative feelings than men. Whatever the cause, depression is an important issue for women, and symptoms should be addressed as soon as possible.
Though many of the symptoms of depression are the same for everyone, women are more likely to experience certain symptoms than men. For example, women are more likely to experience feelings of guilt when depressed. Seasonal Affective Disorder, a type of depression that occurs during the winter months, is more common in women as well.
Depression has a range of symptoms, including:
- Feelings of hopelessness, guilt, and worthlessness
- Suicidal thoughts
- Changes in sleep patterns (i.e. sleeping too much or sleeping less than usual)
- Loss of pleasure in hobbies or interests
- Changes in appetite (i.e. eating much more or much less than usual)
- Trouble concentrating
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, there is hope. There are many treatments for depression, including psychotherapy, medication, lifestyle changes, or a combination of all three. Depression can make you feel hopeless, but it is a very treatable condition, and with the right resources, you can feel like yourself again. At Kentlands Psychotherapy, we offer several treatments for depression. If you are feeling depressed, contact us today and we can help.