It is important to mention that these are broad generalizations regarding depression, depression in women and depression in men. Every person is different and many of the types of depression overlap for both genders.
WHAT IS DEPRESSION?
Depression is a common and serious mood disorder that causes persistent sadness and affects day-to-day functioning. Sometimes you may feel like life isn’t worth living and have trouble functioning or doing normal daily tasks.
Depression is also called a major depressive disorder or clinical depression, and affects how you feel, think, and behave. It isn’t something you can quickly snap out of and could require long-term treatment. Fortunately, depression is a treatable and manageable condition. Therefore, you can work through depression with professional depression counseling with a licensed and skilled therapist.
Symptoms of depression must last for at least two weeks and coincide with a significant change in your daily functioning for it to be diagnosed as depression.
Depression affects each person differently; symptoms can vary from mild to severe. The most common symptoms include:
While there are some common triggers, depression has also been known to arise without any cause. Family history can also play a factor, as genes can cause depression. Additionally, medical conditions can mimic depression, such as vitamin deficiency or thyroid issues.
Depression can impact every area of a woman’s life, such as physical health, sense of worthiness, relationships, etc. Additionally, it can be complicated by hormones, response to stressors, and everyday life pressures. Research shows that women are twice as likely as men to suffer from depression. An estimated one out of every four women will have a major depressive episode during their lifetime.
As girls begin experiencing puberty, research shows that the risk of developing depression is two times more likely than boys at the same age. Researchers attribute this to hormonal changes during puberty in a young woman’s life.
Some of the depressive signs and symptoms that can be more common or noticed more often in women than men include:
It is the norm for men to ignore the depression or refuse treatment due to societal expectations and the stigma around mental health. According to the American Psychological Association (APA), an estimated 9% of men in the United States have feelings of depression every day. Additionally, suicide rates in the U.S. are four times higher for men than for women.
The act of asking for help is commonly challenging for men. However, depression will likely become more severe without treatment. Untreated depression often causes conflict in all areas and creates a downward spiral.
Environmental stressors like financial problems, relationship issues, work problems, grief or loss, work problems, significant life changes, or other significantly stressful situations can trigger depression in men
Resisting treatment and reluctance to admit or discuss signs of depression:
The stigma around mental health makes it hard for men to talk about the symptoms of depression. Additionally, it can be because of the societal norms placed on men, such as the emphasis on self-control and masculinity associated with not expressing emotions. Furthermore, there’s the fear around how it could impact their professional or personal life. As a result, men suppress feelings of depression and resist treatment.
Depression is a significant risk factor for suicide. This is especially true for clinical depression, which is more severe depression. When one gets into a spare of hopelessness and deep despair, taking your own life can feel like the only way to escape. Suicidal behavior or talk should never be taken lightly. Here are some suicide risk warning signs to watch out for
It is important to mention that although women attempt suicide more often than men, the reality is that men are more likely to be successful with their suicide attempts. There are a few reasons why this is the case:
Untreated depression can cause conflict in literally every aspect of life. Everyone is different, so it’s important to work with a therapist to find the best methods for each person individually. Often a combination of the following is used in treating depression:
When you decide to treat your depression, you’re showing a sign of incredible strength. You’re investing in your mental health, which is important and something to take great pride in. It’s important not to ignore these feelings, as depression is a serious mental health condition that can impact your overall well-being. If you think you have depression, reach out and schedule an appointment with one of our Fort Worth Counselors at Fort Wellness Counseling in Fort Worth, Texas.
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If you or a loved one is experiencing a crisis, there is help.
The 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline is a national network of local crisis centers that provides free and confidential emotional support to people in suicidal crisis or emotional distress 24 hours a day, 7 days a week in the United States.