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Depression in Women – Part 2

Depression in Women – Part 2

Every woman gets “down” occasionally. But if your blue mood is lasting longer than a few days or is very intense, you might be dealing with depression.

Depression is not a “normal” part of being a woman.

Here are the common symptoms of depression:

  • Feeling sad or empty
  • Feeling hopeless, irritable, anxious, or guilty
  • Loss of interest in favorite activities
  • Feeling very tired
  • Not being able to concentrate or remember details
  • Not being able to sleep, or sleeping too much
  • Over eating, or not wanting to eat it all
  • Thoughts of suicide, suicide attempts
  • Aches or pains, headaches, cramps, or digestive problems

If you are a woman, there are some specific types of depression that can affect you. These types of depression include:

  • Major depression – severe symptoms that interfere with a woman’s ability to work, sleep, study, eat, and enjoy life. And episode of major depression may occur only once in a person’s life time. But more often, a person can have several episodes.
  • Peripartum depression – the symptoms of depression began during pregnancy.
  • Postpartum depression – The symptoms of depression began either during pregnancy or in the month after giving birth. Women who have had episodes of depression before they become pregnant are at increased risk of postpartum depression.
  • Persistent depressive disorder – depressed mood that last for at least two years.; May have episodes of major depression along with periods of less severe symptoms, but symptoms must last for two years.
  • Premenstrual dysphoric disorder – symptoms include severe mood swings, depressed mood, and anxiety that appear consistently in the week before a woman’s menstrual period and lift within a few days. Symptoms are severe enough to interfere with daily activities and relationships.

There are many things you can do to help yourself if you are depressed. Fortunately, all types of depression are very treatable. More than 80 percent of people with depression can be treated successfully with medication, psychotherapy or a combination of both. For more information, check out the National Institute of Mental Health.

Check out the first part of this series for more information.

Stacey Wald, LPC, RD
Swald @ growcounsleing.com

 

Depression in Women – Part 1

Depression in Women – Part 1

Every woman gets “down” occasionally. But if your blue mood is lasting longer than a few days or is very intense, you might be dealing with depression. Depression is not a “normal” part of being a woman. It’s not a “normal” part of your monthly cycle, or menopause, or aging, or having a baby. Consider…

Childhood Emotional Neglect

Childhood Emotional Neglect

Did you have a normal childhood with good parents, yet still feel unhappy or unsatisfied with your life? Maybe you suffer from depression, anxiety, or anger management problems and don’t have any idea why, because you experienced absolutely no abuse or trauma in your childhood. Are you married with beautiful children, a loving spouse, and…

Is Your Teen at Risk for Attempting Suicide

Is Your Teen at Risk for Attempting Suicide

It’s the thought no parent wants to even consider, “Is my child at risk for attempting suicide?” The suicide rate for teenagers has quadrupled since the 60’s. Each day in our country, over 5000 attempts are made by young people in grades 7 – 12. Of those who attempted, research shows 4 out of 5 gave clear warning signs they were in distress. So, while it is an unbearable thought, the more you know, the better you will be able to intervene if your child is at risk.Read More »

How to talk to your teen about suicide

How to talk to your teen about suicide

One national study found that almost 20% of high school students admitted to thinking about suicide. If your teen isn’t thinking about it, chances are they have a friend or classmate that is. You may be afraid if you talk about suicide, you’ll make the thoughts more real and the suicide more likely to happen. The truth is talking about suicide doesn’t increase the risk, but offers your teen a safe place to explore feelings, ask questions, and get help.Read More »

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