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How is female depression different from male depression? What diseases can it disguise itself as? And how does it relate to food and a sense of humor?

by ROBINSON JAMES HERBERT about a year ago in mental health
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Certainly. First, scientists have established for certain that women suffer from depression twice as often as men. Second, women's depression has different causes than men's. So, most of these conditions are due to certain hormonal periods. Postpartum period, premenstrual syndrome. And the climacteric period. It is at these moments, when a woman's hormonal background changes, that depression occurs most often.

How is female depression different from male depression? What diseases can it disguise itself as? And how does it relate to food and a sense of humor?
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Is female depression fundamentally different from male depression?

Certainly. First, scientists have established for certain that women suffer from depression twice as often as men.

Second, women's depression has different causes than men's. So, most of these conditions are due to certain hormonal periods. Postpartum period, premenstrual syndrome. And the climacteric period. It is at these moments, when a woman's hormonal background changes, that depression occurs most often.

A woman becomes tearful and irritable a few days before her period. Or hot-tempered and aggressive. And at the same time - almost always dissatisfied with life in general.

There are similar conditions during ovulation. But less often. In general, the female psyche in this regard is very dependent on hormonal fluctuations.

There are lucky women who do not know premenstrual syndrome. But for the most part, depressive female states are still manifested during these periods.

But premenstrual depression quickly disappears. And how does this happen during menopause?

Much harder. And often hormonal and other corrections are required. Today, fortunately, there are many ways to reduce the symptoms of menopause and depression associated with it.

The peculiarity and severity of "climacteric" depression is that it is already considered clinical. In young people, depression can be intense, with a hysterical component. But passing on its own. And for women in menopause, everything proceeds more monotonously. Previously, doctors called this condition melancholy. Patients are inactive, they see everything only in black, think about death, become very vulnerable and touchy.

What women are at risk?

There are two factors here. The first is genetic predisposition. If a mother or grandmother is prone to depressive states, there is a great chance that their heiress will also show them.

The second factor is situational. Namely, stressful situations. Fortunately, today they began to speak about it openly. After all, there used to be two sayings on this matter: "If he hits, it means he loves" and "You can't wash dirty linen in public." And the women were silent. This was the social attitude of society.

Don't think that domestic violence is just beatings and physical abuse. Psychological abuse, which is much more common, also leads to severe depressive conditions. Mockery, terror, ridicule - this "hits" sometimes stronger than a fist.

According to our long-term data, in a chronic traumatic situation, most women develop depressive states. They develop gradually and disguise themselves from others.

How is depression masked?

There is a term "masked depression". Or "depression without depression." These are vague heart pains, pressure surges, gynecological problems, menstrual irregularities. Difficulties with the stomach and intestines are frequent. The woman goes to the doctors. General doctor. Gynecologist. Endocrinologist. Cardiologist. And not a single specialist finds anything from her.

That is why we strongly recommend that doctors in polyclinics identify such patients. With some age of experience of treatment "from everything" or from "unclear pains." It is very good if a therapist or a narrow specialist recommends such a lady to see a psychiatrist. Or, so as not to frighten, to a psychologist.

Masked depression is very possible here. Psychosomatics is the mask. And this is scary, because you can not identify the cause for years.

The doctor diagnoses depression. Is it possible to see the "signals" of depression on your own?

Without a specialist, it is worth refraining from diagnoses. But there are nuances by which you can assume that you have a depressive state.

Constantly depressed mood. Reluctance to do anything. Sleep and menstrual disorders. Wandering pains, especially in the lower back and in the spine. And in general, any pains and ailments that do not find any clinical evidence.

And two more important "signs" that a woman herself, due to her depressed state, may not even notice. But if relatives regularly tell her that she has become cold, indifferent, has lost her sense of humor, this is a reason to be wary. Because depression almost always makes a person less sensitive to other people's emotions. And deprives you of the ability to laugh even at the funniest.

Should you go to a psychiatrist with these signs?

The attitude towards psychiatrists is cautious not only in our country. And this, in principle, is understandable. But today a woman does not have to go to a district neuropsychiatric dispensary. There are private practitioners. There are paid medical centers. And it is quite possible to turn to a psychologist, to a psychotherapist, and not to a psychiatrist.

The fact is that these days psych correction is in the first place in the treatment of depressive conditions. This is the principled position of modern medicine - to use drugs only in case of extreme need. Because they can certainly be useful. But often the side effects are so serious that they "interrupt" the benefits.

And if we are not talking about clinical depression, then the psychologist has a fairly impressive arsenal of tools to combat the depressive state. This is also teaching special auto-training. And the development and planning of the regime of the day, "care" for their psycho-emotional state. And recommendations for exercise. And making the right diet.

Does food also somehow help fight depression?

Definitely. Anything fatty and sweet is contraindicated for depression. Although they say that, say, sweet things raise the mood. This is the case if you just feel sad. But with depression, desserts are "addicted" like a drug. And then we also have to treat food addiction. Because sweets are consumed in kilograms.

Therefore, you can leave, say, dark bitter chocolate. For the rest, concentrate on vegetables, fruits, whole grain cereals. But, naturally, in each case the diet will be individual.

Are there any alternative ways to deal with depression? Besides psych correction and drugs?

I know that there are serious homeopaths who are involved in getting out of depressive states and are quite successful.

And I treat all kinds of "herbs" with great prejudice. In my practice, there were cases when strong psychotropic substances were mixed into herbal infusions "healers". But this is already very serious.

What else is important in depressive conditions?

Talk. This year's World Depression Day was held under the motto “Let's Talk”. Silence and closeness are companions of depression. Moreover, there is silence on both sides.

A woman is shy, afraid, does not want to endure quarrels in public, pour out her soul. And those around them, even seeing their stooped shoulders, a heavy gait, a dull look, a mournful fold at the mouth, are also silent.

And, of course, prevention. If you know you are sensitive to stress, prepare ahead of time. Your doctor, effective auto-training, a faithful friend, your favorite job. And then neither divorce, nor the loss of a loved one, nor other troubles will lead to depression. You will experience acute, “localized” grief and return to an active life without being stuck in black depression.

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ROBINSON JAMES HERBERT

I'm a worshiper of creativity and knowledge. I'm a researcher of many sectors. I like to write my own view on various subjects, and also like to write about techniques and tips. Follow me to get amazing information and tips.

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