DEPRESSION IN WOMEN (MISCONCEPTION AND MYTH)
Depression is an illness that involves the body, mood and thoughts. It impacts the way a person functions socially, at work, and in relationships. It is more than feeling blue, down in the dumps or sad about a particular issue or situation. It is a medical condition that requires diagnosis and treatment.
Depression can effect anyone but there is a significantly higher rate of depression among women than men. 8.6% of adults over 18 have a mental health problem for at least 2 weeks a year.
Women are at a much greater increased risk of Depression:
- At times of hormone swings-premenstrual
- 3%-8% of women have Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder during reproductive years
2. Postpartum period
- 15-20% of women have depression after delivery
4. Going into puberty
5. Following a miscarriage (within one month)