While depression is not just a women's health issue, it adversely affects far more women than men. In fact, women are two times more likely than men to suffer from major depression; the American Psychological Association notes that depression is considered the most significant mental health risk to women of all ages.
The underlying cause of depression, though, can vary greatly from woman to woman. While depression may be a case of genetic predisposition or a result of difficult socio-economic conditions, sometimes depression can also be a side effect of another health factor.
For women, there are several underlying health issues that can cause the symptoms of depression to manifest. Here we’ll discuss what depression looks like, as well as health conditions specific to women that can cause depression.
Though everyone feels down at some point, depression is characterized as feeling in a depressed mood for more than two weeks and experiencing a loss of interest or pleasure in activities, accompanied by at least four other of the following symptoms:
If you experience such symptoms for more than two weeks, you should make an appointment with a local well woman provider. Your doctor will ask about life conditions that could be affecting your well being; she should also give you a thorough physical to make sure that your depression is not caused by any of the following health factors:
Regardless of what may or may not be causing your depression, it's important for you to seek help. Depression is a common and very treatable condition; your well woman practitioner can help you make the first steps towards wellness.
Our caring gynecologists and midwives at Northern Florida's All About Women understand that mental wellness is an important part of physical wellness. If you believe you may be experiencing depressing, contact us immediately to make an appointment.