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Hormonal and non-hormonal causes of depression in women

BY: Deena David | Category: Women | Post Date: 2009-07-31

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Depression is common in women of all age groups. Depression can cause many problems in the life of an individual. The lives of women with depression are more affected. This is because women have far more household responsibilities. Women with depression will not be able to take care of the work in the family and this can lead to major problems. There are various causes of depression in women.

Women are more affected by depression than men. This is because of the hormonal changes that keep taking place in the body of a woman. The reasons for depression can either be hormonal or non hormonal.

Depression due to hormonal changes:

1. Pregnancy:
During pregnancy, there are a lot of changes in the body. Hormonal changes are one of these and it leads to mood swings in the women who are pregnant. These mood swing can change from a feeling of euphoria to depression. This can cause a lot of difficulty for the women because of the major changes in the physical appearance of the woman. Both the physical changes and the depression cause significant stress.

2. Menstrual cycle: The menstrual period is also a time of difficulty because of the hormonal changes that can cause depression. The woman has mood swings with associated depression.

3. Post partum depression: This occurs in at least ten percent of mothers. This is also called as baby blues. The depression is mainly due to the hormonal changes that take place. The depression can also be associated with the sudden adjustment problems and the added responsibility of taking care of a child.

Non-hormonal causes of depression:

1. Abuse:
Abuse of women can be either physical or sexual. Both these can cause depression in women. The women usually hide the fact that they were abused ot that they are being abused. This causes a lot of stress and this stress can in turn lead to increased depression.

2. Stress: Stress can be due to various factors in the life of a woman. The stress can be due to financial hardships, family relationships that have soured or other such causes. These kinds of stress cause the women to go into depression.

3. Environment: Various factors that are beyond the control of the woman can also cause depression. Social inequality and social burdens that are placed on the women can lead to depression. The inability to perform in various activities like their peers can also lead to depression.

4. Other causes: There can be other causes of depression like loss of a family member due to death, divorce and other such problems that can also cause depression.

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About Author / Additional Info: I have completed my Masters Degree in Paediatric Nursing. I am a writer with a passion for writing. I have been writing for some blogs and other sites. Comments are welcome at the following e mail address: deenaanddavid@gmail.com

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