It’s Far More Common in Women
The same source explains that of the millions of people that experience depression each year in the U.S., the majority of them are women. It adds that women are two times more likely to develop clinical depression than men, and up to 1-in 4 women may have an episode of major depression at some point in their life.
The source adds that although women are far more likely to experience the illness, “Unfortunately, nearly two-thirds do not get the help they need.”
Symptoms of Depression in Women
As Healthline points out, depression isn’t merely feeling down for a short time. “It’s a serious mood disorder that can affect your daily life,” it adds. That being said, the symptoms of depression in women include not enjoying activities you’d normally enjoy, losing your concentration or your appetite, and losing “an abnormal amount of weight at one time,” it notes.
Other symptoms include feeling fatigued with no explanation, feeling anxious or irritable, crying without specific cause, losing sleep at night, having “dramatic” mood swings, and even having thoughts about death, adds the source.
Differences in Depression By Gender
Healthline explains that men and women tend to experience depression differently, which can appear different to someone observing the behaviors. “Some of these differences result from the hormonal differences between men and women,” it explains.
While hormones play a role, so do social norms, adds the source. For example, it says men are “expected to be tough” and women “are often expected to be more openly emotional.” That means a man suffering from depression may appear more outwardly angry and start fights, while a woman may appear sad and turn blame towards themselves, it adds.