The 7 Reasons Why Depression is More Common in Women

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If we are honest, we all have depressive moments. It has been my experience that especially the most outwardly positive thinking pros have theirs. Many people have “effectively” cloaked their depression to such an extent they delay treatment. With all due respect, Phillip Seymour Hoffman is just one example of outward success subservient to inner turmoil. While not everyone in depressive anxiety laden moods succumb to drugs they do become victim to some “drug.” Here are seven reasons from Psychology Today. This is not merely specific to women. A males machismo is what prompts them to silently self immolate.  Here are great ideas from Dr. Neel Burton. If you’d like further coaching from me click here at my corporate website. I’d be delighted to help you Jim

“The reasons for this uneven gender distribution are not entirely clear, but are thought to be partly biological, partly psychological, and partly sociocultural.

Biological explanations

1. Compared to men, women may have a stronger genetic predisposition to developing depression.

2. Compared to men, women are much more subjected to fluctuating hormone levels. This is especially the case around the time of childbirth and at the menopause, both of which are associated with an increased risk of developing depression.

Psychological explanations

3. Women are more ruminative than men, that is, they tend to think about things more—which, though a very good thing, may also predispose them to developing depression. In contrast, men are more likely to react to difficult times with stoicicism, anger, or substance misuse.

4. Women are generally more invested in relationships than men. Relationship problems are likely to affect them more, and so they are more likely to develop depression.

5. Women come under more stress than men. Not only do they have to go work just like men, but they may also be expected to bear the brunt of maintaining a home, bringing up children, caring for older relatives, and putting up with all the sexism! […]

Read full article via The 7 Reasons Why Depression is More Common in Women | Psychology Today.

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