Ever glance at a list of symptoms for depression? It will usually list things that you may think everyone suffers from:
- Changes in Appetite
- Increased or decreased amounts of sleep
- Having low-self esteem
These checklists are targeted towards the majority of people, oftentimes leaving us to feel like it’s just too broad to take seriously. What if you knew that there were separate depression warning signs for women over 30? Would you take the list more seriously? These symptoms of depression are what thousands of women over 30 felt when they were diagnosed with depression.
depression symptoms in women
Ask yourself, right now: Do any of these symptoms sound familiar?
- Doubting yourself and your decisions
- Criticizing yourself, self-nagging
- Feeling like the “spark” is gone from sex
- Gaining weight
- Spending more time thinking about the past
- Feeling underappreciated by others
How many of these could you identify with if you let yourself be completely honest? If you identified with at least one, read on.
Depression is a difficult subject for just about anyone to discuss, but it’s an especially sensitive subject for women in their 30s, 40s, 50s, and onward. Society makes us feel as though we have a duty to keep it all together. How many times have you heard yourself or a friend say, “I don’t know how I do it… I just know it needs to be done.”
These feelings of stress and obligation can lead to depression in many cases. The real danger is not in being diagnosed with depression, however – it instead lies within our inability as women to admit that there might be a problem.
Oftentimes, the people around us don’t understand depression. Maybe you’ve tried speaking up before, but friends or loved ones told you that you simply had “the blues” or needed to take a vacation day. If you let yourself get caught up in that mentality, your depression could go unchecked for an entire lifetime. You deserve to have these feelings taken seriously, and to learn more about them.
Stop everything you’re doing this second and imagine life without feeling overwhelmed and stressed. What would your life be like if you could truly enjoy your life? There is no reason to run from the possibility of being diagnosed with depression. Being diagnosed with depression only means that you’re one step closer to managing it and getting your life back.
Are you ready to join the fight against depression? It’s easier than you think. If you identified with any of the warning signs above, do the following to ensure that you’re giving your health the respect it deserves:
- Write down all symptoms you identified with above
- Talk to a doctor or health care professional about your feelings
- Remind yourself that feeling the way you do is NOT normal – no matter what anyone else says
- Tell yourself daily that you and your health are worth the effort
Feeling like your regular self again is possible. Speak up for your right to happiness and a higher quality of life. Whether you want to turn off the self-doubt and criticism for good, or you just want to get your confidence back, talking to your doctor about depression today is the first step towards happiness and complete personal satisfaction.