Women are twice as likely as men to be diagnosed with depression. Researchers are still examining potential causes and contributing factors to the high rate of depression in women.
Biological and hormonal factors play a role in depression. Women as a group suffer from several forms of depression, such as postpartum depression, premenstrual depression and menopausal depression. In addition, they are affected by all the forms of depression that afflict men.
But biology alone can’t explain women’s increased risk of depression. There are also psychosocial factors to consider. Women’s lives are more likely to include circumstances which lead to depression, such as abuse, poverty, regular humiliations and lack of education.
Even though women are more likely to be diagnosed with depression, men are 4-6 times more likely than women to commit suicide. In