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Depression in Women

Women have a propensity to experience depression more often than men and there are several different forms of depression that women can experience. Among the forms of depression in women are Bipolar depression, Dysthymia, major depression, Postpartum depression, and Premenstrual Dysphoric depression to name just a few. Each type of depression can be treated and different forms of depression in women are uniquely addressed.

Bipolar depression in women is not as common as atypical depression and it is a form of depression that occurs after manic episodes, or extreme highs in mood. Due to the fact that this form of depression is one of two extreme changes in mood, the depression that women experience when they have Bipolar disorder can be dangerous if left untreated. Bipolar depression in women can be treated with medications and psychotherapy.

Dysthymia is a form of depression in women that can affect their mood for an extended period of time, in some instances for as long as two years or more. Moreover, this form of depression in women can lead to bodily illnesses brought on by the extended depression. Fortunately, women with Dysthymia can usually function fairly in society and they find that it is a form of depression that can be treated with relative ease and it can be alleviated through psychotherapy and the use of antidepressants. Conversely, major depression the other end of the Dysthymia extreme and it is a form of depression that can impair one's ability to function on a daily basis. Treatment, however, can alleviate the symptoms of Major depression.

Finally, both Postpartum depression and Premenstrual Dysphoric depression are forms of depression solely experienced by women. Postpartum depression occurs in women after they have delivered a child and it is often attributed to hormonal changes within the body. Postpartum depression can be effectively treated with medications and psychotherapy. Alternatively, Premenstrual Dysphoric depression is a form of depression in women that occurs with relative frequency just before women menstruate; unlike PMS, the symptoms of Premenstrual Dysphoric disorder are more severe and occur with more frequency. Finally, Premenstrual Dysphoric disorder can be treated with a change in eating habits and in severe cases, can be successfully treated with medications.