Depression and anxiety in women

Anxiety and Depression in Women

Did you know women are more likely to be depressed and anxious than men? Women have a 50% likelihood of going into clinical depression compared to men. Their susceptibility to major depression is even higher compared to men. It is a fact that a woman will get a depressive episode in their lifetime.

Causes

The triggers or stressors of anxiety and depression in women differ from men. Men get depression from external triggers such as career, ability to provide, and goal orientation. On the other hand, women have internalized stressors like hormones, relationships, and emotions.

Hormonal Fluctuations

Hormonal fluctuations throughout a woman’s life span increase her chances of depression and anxiety. The onset of these ovarian hormones in pre-puberty cause body and emotional changes that result in panic and loss of control in young girls. 

The impact is worse for girls with an early puberty incipience. Their hormonal and body changes do not match their social, cognitive and emotional milestones. The outcome is a rough transition to accommodate the new normal. The condition is known as precocious puberty.

There is also the occasional episodes of severe anxiety, mood swings, depression and irritability two weeks before menstruation. The condition is called premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD). PMDD is a result of hormonal fluctuations before crossing the menstrual threshold every month.

Additionally, women are vulnerable to postpartum depression after giving birth because of the changes happening to their ovarian hormones. Women also get anxiety attacks and depression as they move toward menopause.

socioeconomic stressors

Aside from hormonal factors, women are also affected by socioeconomic stressors like gender-based violence, education, and income. In most societies, women are inferior to men. They get lesser pay or remain unemployed. In today’s world, it is impossible to survive on a single-income.

For women, the dependency on a partner can bring untold anxiety and humiliation. Such a life has depression triggers all around. If left unaddressed it can result in broken homes, unhealthy relationships, and substance abuse.

In most communities, women are most likely to be uneducated. The reasons behind this are vast, from teen-pregnancies causing them to drop out of school to lacking an opportunity to get an education. While uneducated, women are forced to depend on men or their relations or get blue color jobs. All these options increase their vulnerabilities to depression and anxiety from fear of lack. The situation is further worsened with the increase of single women-led households.

Additionally, women are most likely to be victims of abuse. They are the most recipients of rape, domestic violence, and murder. The outcome is Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and other forms of depression.

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How Life Coaching can Help

As a woman, having a life coach is vital. It is a given at any point in life you will deal with anxiety and depression. A life coach has the expertise and resources to help you navigate the changes brought by biology and socioeconomic factors. Without help, these stressors can wreak havoc in your life.

A life coach helps you not to spin out of control when the going gets tough. With their support, you will be equipped with solutions to handle triggers, understand your situation better, and accomplish your goals.

 A life coach is also an accountability person to help not to engage in destructive patterns. It is easy to sink into an addiction to cope with internal pressures. Bad habits are always an easy way out. A life coach will teach you ways of building resilience to help you handle life’s curveballs

Even with addictions, a life coach will help you develop new habits, provide the needed support through your journey until you succeed. The life coach looks out for your wellbeing. Their aim is to see you succeed in health and life. Their resources will be useful to you in the long run. Do not hesitate to get the services of a life coach. It is for your wellbeing.

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