Depression is a condition that is quite rampant in United States. By rampant, this means that there are approximately 20 million Americans who are suffering from it. If that is not alarming enough, did you know that in 10 years, psychiatrists and other medical practitioners predict that this disorder would overtake a lot of diseases and become the second largest cause of death?
And to add another statistic to remember, are you aware that depression in women is thrice likely to happen compared to depression in men?
Now those "numbers" can be quite heterosome right? In fact, they can be bothersome enough to make you ask more questions like, what is depression? Why does it affect women more and what can you do to prevent it?
To answer the questions that may be floating in your mind right now, depression is a mood disorder that is characterized by a person's predominant melancholic disposition. It becomes a problem because when a person is depressed, the actual condition prevails them to function socially, mentally and / or emotionally. In other words, they may not be able to work, they may refuse to meet up with their friends and become too preoccupied with just being sad. And just like any other conditions, this condition may be triggered by their genes, meaning that the disorder runs in the family, or social cues which include deaths, failures, break-ups and low self-esteem to name a few.
According to some experts, depression in women is more common because in general, they tend to be more in-tuned with their emotions and reserved compared to the opposite sex. Because of that, it takes longer for them to recover from emotional blows like break-ups or death in the family for example. In addition, their hormones is said to greatly contribute to depression in women. The hormonal imbalance caused by PMS (premenstrual syndrome), pregnancy, birth of a child and menopause makes women more sensitive and in turn more likely to acquire low self-esteem and prolonged sadness.
And now that you are aware of what it is, and why depression in women is more likely to happen, the question to ask now is how do you prevent it? A straight forward answer would be – learn how to deal with the ups and downs of life. It sounds easy yes, but anyone who has been into a huge ordeal knows that it is otherwise. When someone is bothered with a big problem, there is always a temptation for them to just succumb to sadness and let go of everything. But doing that does not help at all. Sharing that grief and asking the help of an immediate support group is always better.
Remember, people can and do make recoveries from depression and go on to lead their best lives imaginable. Seek help.