Men and women experience depression at vastly different rates. According to Marla Ahlgrimm, women are twice as likely to be depressed than their male counterparts. But, why?
Q: How does puberty affect a young woman’s mood?
Marla Ahlgrimm: Puberty is difficult for both sexes. However, for young girls, hormones associated with preparing her body for fertility can have a significant impact on herself-image. In addition to forming breasts, girls around the age of 13 also usually begin their menstrual cycle. This, combined with emerging sexuality and increased pressure to look a certain way while achieving in sports in school, can take a significant toll.
Q: Are PMS problems associated with depression?
Marla Ahlgrimm: They can be, yes. Women often report issues, such as headaches, irritability, and bloating during “that time of the month.” While this is normal and to be expected, some women experience extreme changes and can suffer from a condition known as PMDD. This can trigger or exacerbate a depressive disorder.
Q: What is postpartum depression?
Q: Is depression common during menopause?
Marla Ahlgrimm: Absolutely. During this significant life transition, the body changes, and the hormones fluctuate more than ever before. Because of this, a woman can experience poor sleep, stress, and weight gain. Women who have a family or personal history of depression may be at a greater risk during menopause.