When a woman feels sad, or empty, or just doesn’t want to go to work, she may be depressed. If this lasts for two weeks or more, it may be a mild form of depression. Give yourself this depression test:
- Are you thinking a lot about a loss that has occurred (for example, a death in the family, or illness)?
- Feeling irritable, or hopeless?
- Not being able to focus when making decisions?
- Doing excessive sleeping or eating?
- Having destructive thoughts?
A study conducted in Denmark has shown that one of the side effects of birth control is that it greatly increases depression. It was conducted over a period of 10+ years (2000-2013) and included progestin and combination types such as the pill, intrauterine devices [IUDs], the shot and the patch. Women 15-19 years of age showed a 70% higher rate of depression as measured by when they started anti-depressants and their first diagnosis of depression at a psychiatric hospital.