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Depression in Women

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Depression is unique to the individual who suffers from it, but symptoms are often similar in like demographics. For example, teenage boys react to depression differently from adult women- and vice versa. Moreover, depression can be seasonal, genetic, or situational, so diagnosing it is not always easy.

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Signs of Depression in Adult Women

When women suffer from depression, they often take it out in one of a few ways. Women experience the symptoms and because of their pain, they react in different ways. Psyche, genetics, and upbringing also have a major impact on the way a person will react to life’s struggles.

Becoming Numb and Lethargic

Some females make it easy and show traditional signs of depression, which include lethargy and worthlessness. If someone you care about suddenly loses interest in the things she used to love, it could be a warning sign. Sometimes women become internally numb, feeling as if no emotion is better than the pain they feel. This breeds feelings of insignificance and insecurity, and can even lead to thoughts of suicide.

Self-Harm and Intentional Injury

Other women will take the pain internally. A depressed woman is often emotionally drained and confused. Depending on the woman, she may take the pain out on herself, with self-harm. Women, who cut or intentionally harm themselves, often do so to gain control of their feelings.

Acting Out and Harming Others

Sometimes, women can take depression out on others. Signs of impatience moods or unreasonable anger in an otherwise calm person are cause for worry. Women who deal with depression this way often overreact to small problems, because their brain can no longer contain their anger.

Other Signs of Depression

  • Irritability
  • Excessive and inexplicable crying
  • Diminished sex drive
  • Excessive pessimistic comments
  • Sleeping most of the day away
  • Extreme change in appetite

Distinguishing the Difference between Depression and Bi-Polar Disorder

A common problem with women is bi-polar disorder. This disorder causes elevated moods, with periods of deep depression. The women, who suffer from this disorder, often struggle with mood swings and periods of mania. Bi-polar women are not always depressed, but they will show you signs of depression, because that is half of their life. The other half consists of elevated moos, high energy bursts, life-changing ideas, and impulsive decisions. The moods can quickly turn to irritability, racing thoughts, and inappropriate behavior. Bi-polar disorder is a tough struggle for some women, and you must not overlook it.

Treatment

If you notice any of these symptoms in a loved one, it is important to get them help. Remind her that she is not alone, and that you are going to help her find the road to being effortlessly happy. Please contact us if you need any assistance.

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