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Causes of Higher Depression Rates among WomenDepression is an illness that plagues millions of Americans The depressed person is not only emotionally unwell he or she also often becomes physically unwell as a result of the depression The Department of Health and Human Services lists among the symptoms of depression decreased energy overeating or eating too little insomnia or oversleeping and chronic aches or other symptoms not associated with a physical disease Also listed as depressive symptoms are difficulty concentrating feelings of hopelessnessguiltworthlessness loss of interest or pleasure in usual activities and thoughts of suicide Sargent 3-4 Depression clearly effects ones physical state as well as the mental Studies have found that women are twice as likely to experience both moderate and severe depression than men Nolan-Hoeksema 1990The reasons women are more likely to suffer from depression are numerous There are biological emotional and social explanations for this The following paragraphs will discuss the physical and psychological differences between men and women to further understand the great number of women subject to this illness Women are often at the mercy of their reproductive system They experience pre-menstrual syndrome pre-natal depression post-partum depression abortions miscarriages and menopause all which are almost entirely foreign ideas to men It is very common for women to report symptoms of depression during the phases of the reproductive cycle when their estrogen and progesterone levels are low Also a number of investigators have argued that depression is the result of a mutant gene on the X chromosome Because females have two X chromosomes and men have only one they have a higher risk of depression than males Nolan-Hoeksema 1990 While these theories have been explored they are hard to prove because so many other factors contribute to depression Thus far biological explanations of sex differences in depression have not been well supported Nolan-Hoeksema 1990Social problems certainly factor heavily in the high depression rate for women One issue that is a stressor
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