Common signs of depression in women include a persistent sad, anxious or empty mood; loss of interest or pleasure in activities; restlessness; and irritability or excessive crying, according to WebMD. Sleeping too much or too little, along with feelings of guilt, worthlessness, helplessness, hopelessness and pessimism are other symptoms of depression.
Depression in women can cause weight loss or weight gain; decreased energy and feeling slowed down; thoughts of death or suicide; and difficulty concentrating and making decisions, states WebMD. Depression can be mild to moderate, causing an episode of major depression at some point in life in up to one in four women. Women are twice as likely to develop clinical depression than men, with suicide attempts indicating a strong sign of depression.
Every area of a woman's life can be impacted by depression, notes Helpguide. Hormonal and biological changes, from pregnancy and infertility to perimenopause and menopause, can cause depression. Health problems, such as chronic illness, injury or disability, can lead to feelings of depression. Marital and relationship problems, family responsibilities such as caring for aging parents, losing or changing a job and death of a loved one are social causes of depression in women. The primary treatments for depression in women are psychotherapy and antidepressant therapy.