Depression in Women vs Men
I found some specific information related to woman and depression during all of my research to help myself. I found that out of the more than 17 million people in the United States that experience depression every year, 2 out of 3 people will be women.
Immediately I thought, why will 2 out of the 3 people be women?
This doesn’t mean that women are weaker than men.
In fact, they are more likely to express themselves, as men typically internalize emotions (except me of course!).
So women also tend to visit a doctor or psychologist to find solutions more often than men.
Keeping my feelings bottled up and not expressing myself like a typical guy definitely encouraged my condition to get worse. So there is probably many more men out there that need help.
It is believed though that women experience more depressive episodes because they are twice as likely to deal with physical or sexual abuse, domestic violence, poverty and the stresses of single parenthood.
I’ve read it is estimated that 3 of 5 women that have a depressive illness have suffered from abuse.
Women are biologically different. Hormonal changes have been linked to this condition and that can occur before menstruation, during and after pregnancy, and after menopause.
Other factors I’ve read about are infertility, not having children, family responsibilities and sexual discrimination. The stress caused by these situations can lead to depression and anxiety among other things. Women are generally under more stress than men, from managing many roles in today’s society.
Even though the causes of depression for women can be different than for men, many of the solutions are the same. The important thing is to recognize there is a cause of what is happening to you.
Education and speaking with a psychologist were two important keys to recovery. There are also books that can help you fight depression.