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Depression in women life

It was noted that cyclic hormonal changes in women body could contribute to depression development but only hormonal changes cannot develop the illness called “depression”. Always medical professionals can discover other risk factors or other biological and social factors which in combination with dramatic hormonal changes could develop depression in women.

Depression in women during Puberty

Everybody knows that puberty girls could be very difficult in family, in school and in society and it is always explained by puberty hormonal fluctuations.

Dramatic valuable hormonal changes during puberty could increase some women’s risk of developing depression. However, temporary mood changes related to changing hormones during puberty are normal — these changes alone don’t cause depression. But in combination with several risk factors puberty girls could experience depression.

Factors which contribute to depression development in puberty:

  • Discovering sexuality and experiencing sexuality;
  • Body changes, body “conflicts” (small breasts, asymmetric breasts, short high, etc.);
  • Several conflicts with parents, friends, family members, relatives;
  • First love experiences (especially unhappy love experiences, unrequited love);
  • Increasing pressure to achieve in school, sports or other areas of life

Depression in women during Premenstrual period

Depression in women

Women know very well physical and emotional changes that can occur before menstruation (during premenstrual period) including abdominal bloating, breast tenderness, headache, anxiety, irritability and mood swings. All mentioned symptoms are indicators of so called premenstrual syndrome (PMS). Many women experience PMS but only a small number of women experience severe and disabling symptoms that disrupt their lives, jobs and relationships. The severe form of PMS called premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD) which is actually a type of depression.

Although the exact interaction between depression and premenstrual syndrome remains unclear, it’s possible that cyclical changes in estrogen, progesterone and other hormones can disrupt the function of brain chemicals such as serotonin that control mood. Inherited traits, life experiences and other factors could be contributing factors.

Depression in women during Pregnancy

Everybody knows about dramatic hormonal changes during pregnancy and it is clear that these changes could be a risk factor for depression. But only hormonal changes cannot develop depression.

Actually depression during wanted pregnancy is very rare but depression can develop in women during pregnancy if the following factors are contributing:

  • Problematic relations and uncertain family status;
  • Previous history of depression (PMDD or post-partum depression);
  • Unwanted unplanned pregnancy (especially without potential father);
  • Lack of family or social support;
  • Symptoms of miscarriage;
  • Infertility before this pregnancy.

Depression in women – Post-partum depression

Having a baby can be both exhilarating and exhausting and many women could feel weepy and moody. Despite of having beautiful baby and loving partner, women could cry or be unhappy. Many women after delivery could feel exhausted, unable to sleep and anxious. Sometime newly mothers could experience changed appetite (increased or decreased), could fell irritable, nervous, worried about being a good mother. All mentioned feelings known as the “baby blues” or “postpartum blues” are normal during the first couple of weeks after childbirth. But if it lasts longer, it could be post-partum depression.

Many women could be vulnerable to depression after the birth of a baby – it could happen not only because of hormonal and physical changes but also because of new additional responsibility of a new life. Depression after deliveries is not common and not normal but it could happen in some women.

Depression in women during menopause

Premenopause and menopause are very specific period of women life when they experience dramatic hormonal changes (mainly decrease of hormone production) and osteoporosis. The risk of depression could be increased during this transition period from premenopause to menopause, when hormone levels fluctuate erratically. The depression risk also could be increased in early menopause or after menopause (when estrogen levels are significantly reduced).

Menopause is a vulnerable period of life and menopause depression could happen more often.

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