Is depression more common in women?
Depression can affect both men and women, but statistics have it that depression affects more women than men.
Why depression is more common in women?
There are several factors that may account for the gender difference in the prevalence of depression:
- Hormonal Differences
Depression in women usually coincides with their reproductive years. This is why experts have been looking into the female’s hormones as the culprit.
Studies have shown that the hormones estrogen and progesterone can affect certain neurotransmitters and the circadian rhythm, which have roles to play in depression.
This also explains why women are prone to depression after childbirth. Typically after childbirth, there are hormonal fluctuations that could trigger mood disorders
- Coping Styles
How one copes with stress can determine one’s risk of developing depression.
Women, in general, are more emotion-focused and tend to dwell on things. Men, on the other hand, tend to be more problem-focused and copes with stress by distracting themselves.
- Social Roles
Women are often perceived by society as the nurturing ones. The stress of being the main caregiver can add up and may trigger mood disorders like depression.
Depression can significantly affect your quality of life. It can take away the joy of things you used to love. It can affect the way you see yourself and the way you connect to other people. But there are ways to manage it.
Conventionally, people deal with depression through drug therapy and psychotherapy. However, if these things are not improving your symptoms, you may want to look into other options like TMS or transcranial magnetic stimulation.
TMS is a non-invasive procedure, approved by the FDA for managing mood disorders. If you’d like to learn more about it, you may schedule an appointment with us by calling (520) 338-2557.