Women and depression

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Women and depression

Do you know the signs of depression? The symptoms are different for everyone, both in what they are and how each person experiences them. But if you are a woman, there are some common symptoms that many women with depression have. Here are some examples:

  • Feeling sad much of the time

  • Becoming easily frustrated

  • Losing interest in activities you used to enjoy

  • Finding it difficult to sleep at night or wanting to sleep all the time

  • Feeling agitated or restless

  • Losing your appetite or experiencing an increased appetite

  • Finding it difficult to concentrate or make decisions

  • Feeling fatigued or tired much of the time

  • Feeling worthless or full of guilt

  • Thinking about dying or suicide

  • Crying for no reason

  • Experiencing back pain, headaches or body aches

  • Feeling anxious or empty

Many things can cause depression like genetics, chemical and hormonal imbalances, poor sleep habits, excessive alcohol use, lack of physical activity, stress, trauma and menopause.

If you have moderate or severe symptoms, getting help is key. If you don’t know where to go, start by asking your doctor. You can also go to a mental health specialist, a peer support group or an employee assistance program, like HealthPartners Personalized Assistance Line (PAL).

If your symptoms are mild, here are a few things you can do to help:

  • Do something you enjoy, like going to a movie.

  • Spend time with friends or relatives - socializing helps you feel connected and involved.

  • Make healthy lifestyle choices. Make sure you get enough sleep, eat healthy foods and exercise regularly. Being healthy can help your mood.

  • Don't expect too much of yourself. Set small goals and do what you can. You probably won't just "snap out of it," so let healthy choices help your mood improve little by little.

  • Try not to make any big decisions until you feel better. If you have to, talk them through with someone you trust.

To learn more about depression, visit healthpartners.com/healthlibrary or log on to your myHealthPartners account, click on the "Health and Wellness" tab and then on the "Depression" link.

These suggestions are general guidelines. You should discuss your individual needs with your provider to determine what makes the most sense for you.

The HealthPartners family of health plans are underwritten and/or administered by HealthPartners, Inc., Group Health, Inc., HealthPartners Insurance Company or HealthPartners Administrators, Inc. Fully insured Wisconsin plans are underwritten by HealthPartners Insurance Company.

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