Anxiety and Depression Symptoms In Women. 13 Tips To Get Motivated

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Do you feel lonely, down and helpless? Find out facts about the signs, symptoms and causes of female anxiety & depression, as well as what you can do to recover.

The following information is not intended to provide a medical diagnosis of anxiety and depression. It is not a substitute for consultation with a mental health professional. If you think you are depressed, talk to your doctor or a mental health professional immediately.

What does depression mean?

Depression is more than just feeling sad or having a down day. When a sad mood lasts for a long time and interferes with normal daily functioning, you may be depressed. Symptoms of depression include:

  • Feeling down or anxious often or all the time
  • Not wanting to do activities that used to be fun
  • Feeling irritable, easily frustrated, or restless.
  • Having trouble falling or staying asleep
  • Waking up too early or sleeping too much
  • Eating more or less than usual or having no appetite
  • Experiencing pain, headaches, or stomach problems that do not improve with treatment
  • Having trouble concentrating, remembering details or making decisions
  • Feeling tired even after a good night’s sleep
  • Feeling guilty, worthless or helpless
  • Thinking about suicide or hurting yourself

What is the causes of depression?

The exact cause of depression is unknown. It may be caused by a combination of genetic, biological, environmental and psychological factors.2 Each person is different, but the following factors can increase a person’s chances of becoming depressed:

  • Having blood relatives who have had depression
  • Experiencing traumatic or stressful events, such as physical or sexual abuse, the death of a loved one, or financial problems.
  • Going through a major life change, even if it was planned.
  • Having a medical problem, such as cancer, stroke, or chronic pain
  • Taking certain medications. Talk to your doctor if you have concerns about whether your medications may be making you feel depressed.
  • Consuming alcohol or drugs

Which of us gets Depression?

Depression is the most common mental disorder. Worldwide, more than 264 million people of all ages suffer from depression.

  • Depression affects women more than men.
  • Close to 800 000 people die due to suicide every year. Suicide is the second leading cause of death in 15-29-year-olds.
  • Between 76% and 85% of people in low- and middle-income countries do not receive treatment for their depression sufferings.

Can you have depression and anxiety at the same time?

Both depression and anxiety are separate conditions, but they often occur together. They also have similar therapies and treatments.

Feeling sad or depressed from time to time is normal. And everyone feels anxious from time to time – it’s a normal response to stressful situations. But severe or ongoing depressed or anxious feelings may be a sign of an underlying mental disorder.

Anxiety can be a symptom of a chronic (major) depression. It is also common for depression to be triggered by an anxiety disorder, such as generalized anxiety disorder, panic disorder, or separation anxiety disorder. Many people have a diagnosis of both anxiety disorder and clinical depression.

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Symptoms of these two medical conditions often improve with psychological counseling (psychotherapy), medications, such as antidepressants, or both. Lifestyle changes, such as improving sleep habits, increasing social support, using stress reduction techniques, or exercising regularly, may also help. If you have either disease, avoid alcohol, tobacco and recreational drugs. They can make both diseases worse and interfere with treatment.

Signs of Anxiety and depression in women

Anxiety and depression can affect all aspects of a woman’s life – including her physical health, social life, relationships, career and sense of self-worth – and is compounded by factors such as reproductive hormones, social pressures and the unique female response to stress.

However, it’s also important to know that you’re not alone. Women are twice as likely to suffer from depression as men, but depression is treatable and there are many things you can do to feel better.

Signs and/or symptoms of depression in women can range from mild to severe (major depression) and are distinctive in terms of the impact they have on their ability to function. The most common signs of depression are:

  • Powerlessness and feelings of hopelessness. You feel that nothing is going to get better and that there is nothing you can do to improve your situation.
  • You are no longer interested in the old hobbies, pastimes and social activities you used to enjoy.
  • Changes in appetite, often leading to significant weight loss or weight gain.
  • Changes in your sleep pattern.
  • Feeling angry, agitated, restless.
  • Feeling fatigued, sluggish and lacking energy.
  • Difficulty concentrating, making decisions or remembering things.
  • Increased aches and pains, such as headaches, cramps, breast tenderness or swelling.
  • Feelings of suicide.

13 tips can help you fight anxiety and depression, and feel better

Develop a list of things you can do to quickly improve your mood. The more «tools» for coping with anxiety and depression, the better. Try to put some of these tips into practice every day, even if you feel good:

  1. Use some essential oils and natural therapy for relaxation.
  2. Visit nature for a while.
  3. Make a list of what you like about yourself.
  4. Try to read a good book.
  5. Watch a funny movie or TV show.
  6. Take a long, hot bath.
  7. Take care of some small chores.
  8. Play with a pet.
  9. Talk to friends or family face-to-face.
  10. Listen to music.
  11. Do something spontaneous.
  12. Follow a healthy diet to fight depression.
  13. Challenging negative thinking
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