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Depression in Women

November 20, 2017

About 15 million people in the U.S. suffer from depression each year.

Research has shown that women are twice as likely to develop depression than men, and it’s estimated that about 1 in 4 women will have an episode of major depression at some point in her life.

Types of Depression That Affect Women

There are different types of depression that affect women. The most common are: major depression, postpartum depression, and persistent depressive disorder.

Major Depression

Major depression is a severe form of depression. In this type of depression, women lose their ability to find pleasure in things and activities that they used to find enjoyable. This greatly affects the way they work, function in day-to-day life, and deal with others.

Postpartum Depression

Also known as the “baby blues,” postpartum depression is a type of depression that occurs in women after the birth of their baby. Symptoms of postpartum depression usually occur in months following birth.

Persistent Depressive Disorder

A milder form of depression, persistent depressive disorder is characterized by an extended depressed mood. This can last for two years or more.

The Risk Factors

It is still unclear why the gender gap in depression exists in. However, researchers suspect that some of it can be brought on by genes, hormones, and stress.

Genes

Studies suggest that heredity accounts for 40 percent of the cases of depression. Researchers found out though that certain genetic mutations that are linked to severe depression only occur in women.

Hormones

For years, researchers have suspected that fluctuations in women’s hormones, specifically with estrogen, contribute to a woman’s greater vulnerability to depression.

Stress

Women are more likely than men to become depressed when exposed to certain stressful events. Being the primary caregiver and financial inequality can also contribute to the development of depression in women.

Treating Depression in Women

Depression in women is treated the same way as depression in men. It is most commonly treated through medications, therapy, or a combination of the two.

If you’ve tried everything with no results from traditional treatment methods, NeurOasis wants to help you get your life back. We specialize in Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation. TMS Therapy is a safe and FDA-approved treatment for major depression.

Make an appointment online or call (520) 338-2557 to get your free consultation today.