Depression threats

DepressionWhether you would be aware of your condition if you suffer from depression? Placing such a diagnosis is difficult even for specialists, because there are a number of other conditions that mimic the symptoms and course of the disease. Feeling depressed? Unfortunately, you are certainly not just you. As a rule, female sex is up to 2 times more affected by depression than men. In fact, every fourth woman falls into that state at some point in her life, hard statistics.
How do we know if we are just sad or depressed?
Sadness and anxiety are feelings that everyone experiences. In contrast, depression is a specific clinical condition that affects the functioning of your body, mood and thoughts. In order to be placed really serious depression diagnosis should feel extremely sad or apathetic to the world around you. It must also meet at least four of the following seven criteria:
• Sharp are gaining or losing weight or your appetite without being challenged him for his purpose.
• Insomnia or excessive sleepiness.
• Unusual lethargy or agitation and difficulty getting out of bed.
• Living lack of energy and chronic fatigue.
• Low or unreasonable evaluations of guilt.
• Difficulty in concentration, thinking and decision making.
• Common suicidal thoughts
Why depression is more common in women?
The greater tendency of women to depression due to frequent hormonal changes in their body and their greater susceptibility to stress. Therefore, they often fall into an emotional hole in the postpartum period and during menopause. In addition, women are more sensitive to stress – factors which play a major role in the occurrence of depression.
Why women are more susceptible to stress?
Women and men handle stress differently. Representatives of the male is likely to be restrained to do any activity that would cause them to disperse and unloaded from everyday stress. In contrast, most women will start to worry and to ask themselves the following questions: What was wrong? How I had to do the right thing? Then representatives of the fair sex will talk with their relatives and the problem will recreate the situation again and again in his mind. Therefore they are the ones who spend sleepless nights, worry about their problems.
Do other female traits important for the occurrence of depression?
Many women suffer from the collapse of attitudes towards the self in which their consciousness is involved primarily with the needs of others and evaluate their own personality. To overcome its problems such women need more support and family consultation with a specialist. The aim of the therapy is one realize that all people have needs and must require adequate attitude towards yourself.
What is the role of hormones?
Many women suffer from Premenstrual Syndrome Disphorical (PMDS), which is similar to ordinary Premenstrual syndrome (PMS), but with more serious complaints. 10 days before menstruation affected women become depressed, angry and sad. They complain of lack of energy and sleep disorder. Unlike PMS, the symptoms of Premenstrual Syndrome Disphorical are so severe that they interfere with a woman to carry out their daily duties. PMDS women are at increased risk for developing depression after childbirth and menopause.
Are hormones influence on the mood of women during menopause?
The truth is that women are more prone to depression during menopause – the period occurring immediately before menopause. This applies in full force for women who suffer from hot flushes and night sweats for a long period of time. Most experts believe that violations of sleep, in combination with hormonal changes are a common cause of depression. Therefore, untreated and long hot flushes are a major risk factor along with the stress.
How to treat depression?
The first choice in women with moderate or severe depression medication are the group of antidepressants. The most commonly used selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor, SSRI). Drug therapy gives the best results when combined with psychotherapy. Other frequently used drugs are inhibitors of serotonin reuptake and norepinephrine (SNRI), whose advantage is the lack of decrease in libido.

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