4 Most Common Causes of Depression in Women

Women are about twice as likely to experience depression as men. Social pressures, reproductive hormones, and the way women respond to stress, which differs from the response that men have, are all contributing factors to the greater rate of depression. Here are the four most common causes of depression for women.

Natural Hormones

Women are more likely to become depressed when experiencing perimenopause, menopause, and menstrual cycles. Issues with pregnancy or fertility can also trigger depression. Progesterone seems to inhibit the regulation of stress hormones, which can lead to depression.

Stress Induced

During stressful situations, women are more likely to experience depression. Altering stress coping techniques can help reduce depression in these situations.

Lifestyle Choices

Even healthy changes to a woman’s lifestyle can be problematic. Women who stop smoking or start dieting may experience depression due to the related hormonal and chemical changes.

Death of Loved One

The death of a loved one is a traumatic event. Later in life, women may have their parents and older adults as part of their social and support network. When these friends and family die, it isn’t just the loss of the person, but also the loss of the support the person gave to the woman that can lead to greater depression.

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Author Bio

Dr. Laura Tanzini, DrPh, MA, MFT

Dr. Laura Tanzini is a highly educated and accomplished professional with a background in biology and psychology. She received a BS in Biology from UC Riverside, an MA in psychology from Phillips Graduate Institute, and a Doctorate in Public Health with a specialty in Lifestyle Medicine from Loma Linda University.

Dr. Laura Tanzini is a Board Certified Professional Counselor, Integrative Medicine Clinician, and PTSD Clinician. She has worked in multiple medical hospitals, mental health institutions, and inpatient eating disorder clinics. Also, Dr. Tanzini has written scholarly papers and spoken on various topics related to nutrition, stress, menopause, obesity, depression, anxiety, and human development.