Am I Depressed?

Am I Depressed?

Are you feeling down more days than you’re feeling up? Depression is a worldwide illness that affects millions of people each year. While depression is considered a mental health disorder, it can impact emotional well-being as well as physical health in those who suffer for long periods. Depression can occur in both men and women, but it is the female population who experiences it most.

Women must understand the warning signs of depression as well as what may increase their risk. Though it may be a difficult topic to approach with your physician or even loved ones, depression must be recognized and treated just like any other illness.

Signs of Depression

Depression is more than just feeling sad; it is an inability to feel pleasure alongside five or more of the following symptoms, for at least two weeks:

Any symptoms or signs of depression should never be ignored. An effective, long-term treatment is one that not only treats your symptoms but also seeks to cure the root cause of your depression.

When Depression Occurs in Women

You’ve probably heard of serotonin, dopamine, and other chemicals in the brain that affect your happiness and motivation. When these chemicals are not balanced, they can change your mood, emotions, and overall health. While lifestyle habits, substance abuse, and traumatic events can lead to a disturbance in your “happy” chemicals of your brain, women have another influential factor – estrogen!

Female depression often occurs during periods of hormonal distress or rapid changes in estrogen. This can occur prior to menses, immediately after pregnancy, as well as during and shortly after menopause. Post-partum depression is more than having the “baby blues” in the first few days after giving birth. PPD is a serious form of depression marked by extreme sadness and despair. For the health of mom and baby, PPD needs to be recognized and treated promptly.

Treating Female Depression

At North Pointe OB/GYN, we have physicians who understand that there is not a one-size fits all approach to depression treatment. When depression impacts females in their estrogen-producing years, we are fully equipped to diagnose and treat the cause. Along with counseling and healthy lifestyle habits, depression in women can be managed with antidepressants or hormone therapy. If you frequently feel “down in the dumps” and just can’t seem to shake your feelings of hopelessness, please call our Cumming clinic today for answers.

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