Depression, in the female population, is very common, and represents serious mood disorder. Problem is that most of the women in that state do not get the help they need.
Symptoms of depression in women are:
-loss of interest
-sleeping disorder (too little, too much)
-weight and appetite disorder
-excessive crying and irritability
If untreated for prolonged time, depression in women may progress to the state of mania, witch is, in opposition to depression, an elevated state of mind.
-loss of need for sleep
-abnormal rise in energy and activity
-problems with social behavior
One of the main reasons why women are more acceptable to depression than men, are hormonal problems. From puberty to pregnancy, all trough PMS, changes in level of hormones have very significant effect on them. Other reason may be genetic predisposition, personal factors (problems at work or home), loss of close ones, postpartum depression signs after having a baby, etc.
Differences in symptoms of depression between man and women are:
-in women, it may occur earlier and last longer,
-women are more acceptable to felling of guilt over something
-it is more likely to occur again in women
Most attention when dealing with depression in women are focused on PMS disorders, pregnancy and period after giving birth of a baby. If a woman is very young or living alone in pregnancy, or feeling not supported enough during pregnancy, it can lead to depression. It manifests trough serious mental and behavioral problems.
Best course of action is you suspect that you these problems are to talk to somebody close, or cut down on your daily activities, and ask for support. If that fails, consider therapy.
In cases of postpartum depression, witch occurs after giving birth to a baby, the treatments are the same as in other forms of depression.
Depression is also common in women during menopause, but symptoms and therapy are similar to other cases.
National Institute of mental Health has issued some guidelines for women who are uncertain where and how to get help, in a case of depression.
You should try with your family doctor, social agencies, community and family mental health services, private clinics and facilities, etc.