Depression in Women

Depression in Women


Depression doesn’t discriminate. It affects both genders.  But it affects men and women differently.  Let’s look at possible causes for depression in women.

 Increased risk for depression in women may be caused by a blend of genetic, chemical, biological, hormonal, environmental, and social factors. It appears there is no one root cause. Depression in women is multifaceted and complex.

A family history of depression may be a factor in the development of depression in women. However, this is not cast in stone. Depression in women can occur when there is no family history, and women who do come from families that have a history of depression may not experience it themselves. Depression in women may involve the combination of genetics and environmental or psychological factors.

Brain chemistry appears to be a significant factor in depressive disorders. Modern brain-imaging technologies, such as magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), have shown that the brains of people suffering from depression look different than those of people without depression.  For more information, google depression cast.

Depression doesn’t discriminate. It afflicts both men and women. But it does affect the genders differently. Today, let’s look at possible causes for depression in women.  If a woman has a family history of depression, she may be more at risk of developing the illness. However, this isn’t a hard and fast rule. Depression can occur in women without family histories of depression, and women from families with a history of depression may not develop depression themselves. Genetics research indicates that the risk for developing depression likely involves the combination of multiple genes with environmental or other factors.

Statistically, women are far more prone to depression than are men.  Hormonal differences account for the disparity in depression in women as opposed to depression in men.

Hormonal fluctuations also account for depression in women.

 Why are women more likely to develop depression? Hormonal differences account for the increased rates of depression in women. Depression increases from 39% to 55% during menopause (Formanek & Gurian, 1987). Men value youth and attractiveness in women. Therefore, age brings an increased chance of depression among women.

Genetic transmission may make women more susceptible to depression than men. A family history of depression may affect women more than men because women by nature are more attuned to relationships. So if a family member is depressed, the strain caused by the depression may affect female family members more than their male relatives.

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