Symptoms of Depression

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?

These are just some of the depression symptoms. 

There are many causes of depression including tough times financially or relationally, chronic pain, one of the side effects of birth control pills or chemicals, genetics, abuse of drugs or alcohol, and loneliness.

So what can you do?  A doctor may treat depression by prescribing anti-depressants.  They can help, but medication can also mask the underlying causes.  For example, if a person has lost a family member recently, taking medication may temporarily help, but the person still needs to grieve the loss.  If a woman is depressed because of the pill, then she may decide to have her mate use condoms, in order to eliminate her root cause of depression.   Other actions a woman can take to reduce depression symptoms include:

  • Regular aerobic exercise (which produces endorphins resulting in happier feelings).
  • Avoiding isolation.  Being with people often improves one’s mood.
  • Seeing a counselor or therapist.  Yes, it can be expensive, but can bring about a breakthrough, help clarify hidden causes, and explore specific solutions.

If often takes time to “get out of the dumps,” and that’s okay.  Don’t expect instant relief.  Also, during down times, try to avoid making any major decisions (e.g. marriage, job, where to live).  Good decisions often require a better state of mind.

Finally, if you, or a friend ever feel suicidal, immediately call the National Suicide Hotline (800-273-8255), because they can help you see through the pain.  The hotline can also refer you to a “warm line” if you just need someone to talk to.  Depression is often temporary. After effective treatment, one can get back on track, and resume a normal life.


Note: Note: Information on this website is intended to supplement, not substitute for the knowledge of your doctor, or other health care provider.


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