Depression in WomenNameInstitutionInstructorCourseDate Depression in WomenResearch has indicated that women are more likely to be diagnosed with depression than men due to different aspects, which people believe might be contributing to these statistics (Comer, 2018). One of the reasons includes genetic vulnerability, which are inherited characteristics, which are passed down from parents to their children (Comer, 2018). Research has indicated that an individual who has a relative suffering from depression is five times likely to develop the condition with women having a 42 percent chance of having depression attributed to the hereditary aspect. Men have a 29 percent which is a low percent compared to the women (Albert, 2015). There are also cases of certain genetic mutations, which are attributed to the development of depression in women.Another theory, which is attributed to the high number of women likely to be diagnosed with depression than men, is hormone theory with studies indicating a high prevalence of depression in women, which starts at puberty (Albert, 2015). Women experience hormonal changes due to the menstrual cycle each month, which can bring about symptoms, which are similar, those that occur in depression (Albert, 2015).
These symptoms may reoccur later on in life leading to a major depressive disorder. In the menopause stage, women also experience changes in the hormones, which are attributed to an increased risk of developing depression. Estrogen and progesterone also increase during pregnancy, which can increase the risk of depression and other anxiety disorders (Albert, 2015).
ReferencesAlbert, P. (2015). Why is depression more prevalent in women? Journal of Psychiatry & Neuroscience, 40(4), 219-221.Comer, R. J.
(2018). Abnormal psychology (10th ed.) New York, NY: Worth Publishers.