As a women, there are multiple roles that need to be taken up for the society, from being a mother to a wife to a caretaker etc. As hard as it to hear the truth, we go through so many different emotions, sometimes good and sometimes bad. Some of these mood swings could be caused by life events or hormones. In general, your emotions level out after a few days, and you no longer feel down in the dumps. However, if you have depression, your “downs” will last more than a few days and may interfere with your regular activities and relationships. This is a devastating cycle that can arise for a variety of reasons. Symptoms range from mild to severe.

Women are about twice as likely as males to experience depression, and the causes of depression in women differ from those in men. Reproductive hormones, a different feminine response to stress, and social influences specific to a woman’s life experiences are all contributing variables. Women’s depression symptoms range from mild to severe and are defined by their influence on their capacity to function. Some of the symptoms of depression include feelings of helplessness and a sense of hopelessness. You believe that nothing will ever get better and that there is nothing you can do to make things better. You have lost interest in your previous interests, diversions, and social activities. Changes in appetite frequently result in significant weight loss or increase. Sleeping patterns have shifted. Frequently feeling angry, irritated, and restless, feeling depleted of energy, lethargic, and exhausted. The gender differences in acquiring depression can be explained by female-specific social, biological and hormonal factors.

Premenstrual syndrome. Premenstrual syndrome (PMS) symptoms include bloating, irritability, exhaustion, and emotional reactivity, which are caused by hormonal imbalances during the menstrual cycle. Symptoms can be severe and disabling for some women, leading to a diagnosis of premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD). PMDD is marked by severe depression, irritability, and other mood problems that begin 10 to 14 days before your period and improve within a few days of the onset of your period.

Infertility and pregnancy. The numerous hormonal changes that occur during pregnancy can lead to depression, especially in women who are already at risk. Miscarriage, undesired pregnancy, and infertility are among factors that can contribute to sadness during pregnancy.

Depression after childbirth. The “baby blues” are a regular occurrence among new mothers. This is a common reaction that usually goes away after a few weeks. Some women, however, suffer from severe, long-term depression. Postpartum depression is an illness that is hypothesized to be impacted, at least in part, by hormonal imbalances.

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