The Facts About Major Depressive Disorder in Women
PMDD and postpartum depression bring unique signs of depression in women, who experience major depressive disorder at a much higher rate than men.
Women are twice as likely as men to suffer from depression. According to the CDC, major depressive disorder (MDD) affects 11% of women as opposed to 6% of men. 1
Experts call this significant and persistent disparity the “depression gap.” Why does it exist?
Experts believe the explanation is likely a combination of biological and sociological factors that uniquely impact women. What are they? And why are women with ADHD more likely to have hormone-related mood disorders and more severe symptoms than their neurotypical peers? 2. Find the answers to these questions and more in this download.
You will also learn the following:
- How hormonal fluctuations increase the risk of developing mood disorders
- Signs of premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD)
- Postpartum depression (PPD) symptoms
- The life events and circumstances that impact women more often than men
- Effective treatment options for major depressive disorder
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1“Prevalence of Depression Among Adults Aged 20 and Over: United States, 2013–2016.” Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. National Center for Health Statistics. https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/products/databriefs/db303.htm
2Dorani, F., Bijlenga, D., Beekman, A.T.F., van Someren, E.J.W., Kooij, J.J.S. (2020). Prevalence of Hormone-Related Mood Disorder Symptoms in Women with ADHD. J Psychiatr Res. doi:10.1016/j.jpsychires.2020.12.005