Signs of depression in women – Symptoms of depression in women

Signs of depression in women from their (approximately) early 20s to mid-40s tend to show up as unexpected and inexplicable shifts in emotional well-being, with occasional physical symptoms as well. Because this period makes up the lion’s share of a woman’s life, the range of symptoms of depression in women is also fairly diverse, but all point in the same direction.

What follows is a list, with descriptions, of common signs of depression in women of middle-aged. It should be duly noted, however, that almost all of these symptoms of depression in women, taken individually, happen to all women at some time, and sometimes to men as well; it is the combination of several of these symptoms in a concentrated or prolonged period that signal true clinical depression in women.
 

Signs of depression in women – symptoms of depression in women

In no particular order we present the most common signs of depression in women and symptoms of depression in women:

Failure to maintain looks and appearance.

This is one of the more obvious signs of depression in women. Unless a woman has historically not cared about how she looks or dresses, then this is a telltale hint. Ceasing to wear make-up without reason (such as a sudden allergy to make-up), wearing unclean or sloppy clothing, failing to shower or bath and keep hair freshly washed, and gaining large amounts of weight quickly are the top indicators.

Neglecting a spouse, children, or even pets.

This, too, is an obvious, very much outward symptom of depression in women and is felt by every member for the family.

Loss of interest in work or career, or in a favorite hobby or television program.

This may be more subtle to detect because the lack of job interest may only show at work, and the enjoyment of television can easily be dismissed by excuses such as having too much work or housework to do.

Insufficient or disturbed sleep

This includes difficulty falling asleep as well as staying asleep. In its extreme, it evolves into serious levels of insomnia, in and of itself dangerous when any form of alertness is required. Nightmares may or may not be part of this, but if they are abnormal and begin to occur frequently, this is another sign.

Irregular menstruation.

While this is definitely a physical symptom, depression can affect the tight hormonal pattern that comprises a regular 28-day cycle for women in their child-bearing years. Some women claim that depression also causes or worsens pre-menstrual syndrome (PMS), but thus far no direct correlation has been uncovered in clinical studies and in fact the reverse may be true. More research needs to be done.

Negative comments and complaining.

This only applies in the case of a woman who is normally positive and complains when a real issue is at hand. It becomes a problem and a symptom of depression when the negativity and complaints are unwarranted.

Mood swings.

We’ve all endured circumstances where we feel like we’re “walking on eggshells” around a certain person who we can never count on being consistent in nature; the same applies to women exhibiting signs of depression. If the lady in question is normally even-tempered and suddenly displays extreme moods, depression may be at the root of her abnormally variable behavior.

Loss of self-esteem, often demonstrated as self-criticism.

Self-deprecating remarks made by women can confound and frustrate their male counterparts. A woman claims to feel ugly or fat when her husband or boyfriend sees her as lovely and with a fine figure. What the man does not understand is that these views of self by their women are couched in depression and not mirrored in reality. To wit, the negative self image serves to exacerbate the depression. It’s a vicious circle. This is not just relating to physical appearance, and also manifests in women feeling as though they are inadequate wives, incapable mothers or imperfect friends.

Excessive crying.

This often occurs for no explicable reason and can go on for hours, or even days in extreme cases. For some women, emotional displays of crying are fairly normal; for others, crying is far more controlled, usually reserved for serious matters such as loss, grief, and genuine sadness. If a woman is crying more than normal, for no apparent (or justifiable) reason, or exhibiting longer periods of crying, this may indicate depression.

Lack of sexual desire.

Again, this is only apt to be a sign of depression in women who are otherwise normally interested in intimacy with their sexual partners. Other factors, too, can cause a weak libido, but when it is combined with other symptoms as cited herein, this is a reasonable indicator.

Unexplained, significant weight gain or loss.

As long as eating habits have not shifted to any extent, or regular exercise has been stopped, weight gain or loss should be minimal. Conversely, in women with depression, appetite may be affected and result in large adjustments in body weight.

Diminished energy levels and lack of motivation.

This boils down to lethargy and it shows, especially when a woman is normally vibrant and lively. In its extreme, this symptom can be debilitating. Lack of willingness to get out of bed or get out of home is one the the signs.
 

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