Women and Depression

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Women and Depression
Angela Adams
Kaplan University

Women are more commonly affected by depression thus altering their attention span, ability to focus, and well-being.
Depression is about twice as common in women as in men, with about 1 in 4 women suffering from depression at some point during her lifetime. (Psych Central p. 4). Trying to keep up with the simplest of tasks can be the hardest of struggles when distractions are among them. The inability to focus can affect the skills needed to accomplish everyday tasks. Many other stresses can consume ones thoughts and ability to pay attention. Ruta Nonacs, M.D., Ph.D. says depression is caused by a combination of genetic, biological, environmental, and psychological factors affecting women more often during child bearing years.
As a person ages it’s only natural to have more responsibilities in life. By the age of fifteen, females are twice as likely to suffer from depression then males due to the different types of hormones in females (Psyc Central, 2006, p. 8). Meeting new people, diving into a career, and starting a family are just a few major changes women embrace within a lifetime. This can add additional pressure to keep up with society or keep our families happy by going above and beyond the call of duty. Women tend to be the caretaker of the family and in general want to please everyone especially their children. The daily routine of a mother is often unappreciated and misunderstood. This added stress, whether it be at home or at work, can trigger different reactions such as eating disorders, anxiety, and drug and alcohol addiction.
There are different levels and types of depression. According to the National Institute of Mental Health (WebMD, 2012, p.1), major depressive disorder, also known as clinical depression, can affect a person’s ability to eat, work, sleep, and be a part of…...

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