Women's Wellness: Understanding depression and the gender gap

Women's Wellness: Understanding depression and the gender gap

Some mood changes and depressed feelings occur with normal hormonal changes. But hormonal changes alone don't cause depression. Other biological factors, inherited traits, and personal life circumstances and experiences are associated with a higher risk of depression. Here's what contributes to depression in women. Hormone changes during puberty may increase some girls' risk of developing depression. However, temporary mood swings related to fluctuating hormones during puberty are normal — these changes alone don't cause depression. Puberty is often associated with other experiences that can play a role in depression, such as: After puberty, depression rates are higher in females than...

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