Medically depression is a disorder that has negative impact on behavior, emotions, thoughts and feelings. It affects the way you behave, you talk, you eat and sleep, you think about yourself and surroundings, it literally damages your over all regular activities. Every passing year more and more people are being diagnosed with this medical illness. Especially, women are more suffering from depression than men, because the signs of depression in women are being ignored and they keep themselves busy with their daily routine life, kids, friends and family.
Women mostly hide their depression and keep behaving normally while they fight internally against behavioral disorders, moods and thoughts which badly affect them mentally and physically. The signs of depression can be varied from women to women, some may have few and others can experience a lot.
When we talk about causes of depression so there is no any specific, it could be genetic, medical illness, just a little stress or hormonal imbalances.
Mostly depression found in women is caused by hormone imbalances because some factors of depression are associated with hormones which lead to anxiety and stress. As soon as hormones fluctuate the signs of depression like fatigue, mood swings, and anxiety appears. Because your body is use to deal with specific amount of hormone and when its level increases you will start having symptoms of depression. It mostly happens before and during menstruation in some women, pre and post menopausal time, during pregnancy and post-partum as well.
Not all women experience same symptoms of depression, so here are the following signs that may help you to understand what exactly the signs of depression could be:
Lack of interest: Depression can make you feel lonely, it can take off your interest and pleasure from the activities you love to do like hanging out with friends, shopping, parties etc.
Hopelessness: Depression makes you hopeless and helpless which leads to the feeling of sadness, guilt, accusing all the time to the situations, blaming, and neglecting personal appearance, accepting the fault without knowing the reason, frequent changes in moods, feeling lazy and sleepy all the time.
Dramatic change in emotions: Depression can badly damages your feelings, thoughts, and emotions. You like to remain silent for most of the day or probably a whole day. Mostly you feel tired, angry, irritability negative, lose temper, aggressive and above all sometimes feel emotionless.
Lack and gain of appetite: Every woman experiences it differently in the phase of depression. Mostly women in depressive conditions don’t take a healthy diet. They avoid taking regular meal which leads them to sickness or drowsiness. On the other hand, some women’s appetite increases in depression. So, the lack and gain of appetite are related to the depression.
Sleep disorder: Depression is not something that should be ignored because this disorder affects your day to day functions. It also affects your sleep schedule, some of you would take long sleep or other would wish to sleep a little. This disorder of falling asleep or staying asleep creates health issues.
Cognitive symptoms: Depression doesn’t not only affects psychologically, it also affects the way person thinks. It leads to the diminish ability to focus, concentrate, or to think. They feel difficulty in making decisions, and try to avoid situations where they have to take decisions. Look confused, avoid social activities, doesn’t meet tasks on time.
Lethargy: Depression mostly brings the feeling of tiredness and fatigue, it occurs due to lack of energy and excitement. That is why most of the things you stop doing that you love to do because you feel lazy, tired and lethargic.
Digestive distress: Depression also creates trouble for your tummy. Some of you main suffer from any one of these symptoms in the phase of depression. You might have the feeling of nausea, cramping, gastric issues, abdominal pain, and constipation. Sometimes it becomes worsen beyond expectations and can be dangerous for your life.
If you feel any of the symptoms of depression, feel free to discuss with your partner or friends and also seek medical help for further treatment if needed. In mild depression that could happen during pre and post menopausal age or during pregnancy and after giving birth could be treated just by consulting a doctor and talk to your friends and family. Pregnancy and post-partum depression could be because of worries and fears of giving birth and taking care of baby and also because of sleepless nights and tiredness. Though just by consulting your healthcare provider and to just by talks and relaxation therapies like Ante-natal and post-partum relaxing Yoga and just by having a Spa or a little walk in fresh air could be the best treatment for you.
If symptoms of depression are getting worst then you might need proper medical treatment for that. Well, the anxieties we mums feel is just because of ups and downs in hormone levels, sleeplessness, pregnancy and taking care of baby afterwards.
As the time will pass, the symptoms started to fad off and gradually you will start feeling good and happy as your hormones after giving birth, lifestyle with baby and daily routine started to settle. It takes some time but it will settle. So try to be social as much as possible and feel free to discuss each and every worry with your dear ones and plan meet ups with your friends and just chill out and chat and laugh with them. This will work as the best medicine…
Eat well and take a good care of your health as your beautiful baby wants a happy mummy. So, household chores can be done at any time, the main priority is your own health and you as a brave mum to be happy.
As parenthood is such a beautiful experience but it does come with some ups and downs, but in the end you will be a happy mummy as you see your growing little one smiling, sitting, crawling, talking beautifully in his/her own language and going to school, you will forget your depression…so stay healthy, happy and enjoy :).