The following statistics for female depression have been referenced from the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH). As explained in the earlier post that talks about depression in women, the prevalence of this mood disorder in women is higher than in men due to:
- Hormonal changes during menstruation, pregnancy, and menopause,
- Family, work and society pressures and
- The threshold to withstand stress is lower in women than in men.
The reasons for the higher prevalence of female depression are explained in more details in this earlier post.
Depression is a serious underestimated mood disorder that can wreak havoc on the life of a person. It is like living in a black hole from which you cannot climb out at all.
There are various types of depression and they can be mild or severe. Though mild initially, its symptoms can spiral and put you in a severe depression if treatment is not taken. Luckily, it can be cured by proper treatment.
Statistics and facts on female depression
- About one in eight women experience depression in their lifetime.
- In the United States, about 12 million women experience this mood disorder each year.
- That is, twice the number of women is likely to develop depression than men regardless of their race, ethnic background and income status. This gender differentiation starts from puberty till menopause.
- Depression is more common in women between the ages of 25 years to 44 years.
- In women, it lasts for a longer time and tends to recur more often.
- Depression rates as the number one factor to cause disability in women.
- This mood disorder is more common in married women than single or divorced women while the reverse is true in men.
- Among married women, it is more common in housewives than working women, probably due to the fact that a working woman’s mind is occupied with work while a housewife’s mind dwells only on the pressures and stress of responsibility and compulsions towards husband and children.
- However single mothers are thrice more prone to develop depression than married mothers.
- There is a greater risk of depression in women who have been victims of sexual and physical abuse.
- Twice the number of women than men attempt suicide, though more men die of suicide than women.
- Only 20% of the women who suffer from depression seek treatment.
- About one in ten women experience symptoms of postpartum depression in the weeks following childbirth.
- According to National Institute of Mental Health, depression may increase a woman’s risk for broken bones. In women with a history of major depression, hip bone mineral density was found to be 10-15% lower than normal increasing their risk of hip fracture by 40%.