Stress or depression can happen to anyone without knowing age. The pressure of life, work and family environment, and fairly monotonous routines can be a trigger factor, especially for people who live in urban areas. However, it turns out that women are more prone to higher stress problems than men. According to The American Psychological Association (APA) on Gender and Stress, states that men and women respond differently to stress, both physically and mentally.
Quoted from the web page of the American Institute of Stress (AIS), mentioned women are twice as likely to suffer from major depression and three times more likely to attempt suicide compared to men. Women also experience anxiety disorders two to three times more often than men.
Here are some of the factors that cause women are likely than men to report physical and emotional symptoms of stress :
Hormonal factors are one of the stressors that cause men and women to be different in dealing with stress. Hormonal fluctuations in women that can occur on a monthly basis with premenstrual syndrome (PMS) who experience increased irritability and mood. Even in very severe situations and interfere with their daily lives, including work, school, social life, and relationship. This is called Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder (PMDD), will be discussed in the next post!! 😉
Changes in the hormones estrogen, progesterone, and other female hormones that occur during pregnancy, after childbirth, and perimenopause can change mood to stress even depression.
2. Environmental Factor
Environmental factor also become one of the triggers for women to be more susceptible to stress/ depression, related to the role of women as a mother, wife, and children. According to the APA‘s survey of men and women, 84% of women are much more likely than men to say that having a good relationship with their families is important to them, and 69% consider relationships with colleagues or friends is important. Efforts to balance these three roles often make women experience chronic stress and can even lead to depression.
According to the Health and Safety Executive in the UK, women aged 35-44 years are more prone to dealing with stress and even depression because they have to take care of their work, children, and parents who may be elderly.
3. Women Live Longer
One factor that can increase the length of the reasons women are more likely than men in dealing with stress is that women tend to live longer. Research shows that women tend to live longer than men. Because, old age is closely related to feelings of loss and loneliness, weak physical health, and other factors that lead to depression.
Women tend to remember the past, either good or bad. It makes them vulnerable to anxiety disorder.
Are you experiencing severe stresses such as some of the factors mentioned above, which disrupt activities and even relationships with people around you? Find out the main factors causing it and consult with people you can trust or with your doctor so that you get the right treatment.
Love yourself first 🙂