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Are Women More Likely Than Men To Be Depressed?

Depression is not getting worse in the United States, new findings from the National Center for Health Statistics has found. Over the past decade, depression has not increased in the United States, though it is still a prevalent mental health disorder for milons. A secondary study found that there is one population of people who are more likely to suffer from depression, even though depression is not increasing: women.

According to NBC News, “Between 2013 and 2016, 5.5 percent of men reported having had symptoms of depression, compared to 10.4 percent of women.” Nearly double the amount of women are struggling with depression than the amount of men. Variations in ethnicity and income bracket also had an affect on likelihood of depression.

Why women report higher numbers in depression

Women may be more prone to depression than men for many reasons including hormones, life responsibilities, life restrictions, and more. However, women are more likely to be vocal about their emotions, express their emotions, and ask for help. Though women face many stigmas and stereotypes when it comes to their emotional selves, they are also encouraged to turn to other women. Men are generally told to hide their emotional selves and prevent themselves from becoming too vulnerable. Numbers reported for depression might be different from numbers of depression actually occurring. Millions of people are unaware that they are depressed. Millions of people who are aware that they are depressed do not seek treatment. Sadly, both men and women turn to harmful behaviors to cope with their depression, like abusing drugs and alcohol.

Symptoms of depression

If you believe you might be struggling with depression, you could notice any of these symptoms. Symptoms of depression are confusing as they often occur in opposites. For example, feeling slowed down and sad are common symptoms of depression, but depression can also display through hyperactivity, and forced positivity. Other symptoms can include:

  • Feeling hopelessness and helplessness
  • Being pessimistic
  • Lacking in motivation, passion, or interest
  • Irritability
  • Experiencing guilt
  • Feeling worthlessness
  • Exhaustion and fatigue
  • Slowed motor functions
  • Slowed cognitive functions
  • Changes in weight and appetite
  • Changes in sleep
  • Changes in demeanor
  • Thoughts of suicide (If you are struggling with thoughts of suicide, please contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1800-273-8255)

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