Found this great article on Beautiful Brown Girls website about a topic I’m all to familiar about. Enjoy.
Now as I write this, I tend to think that I am a pretty positive woman. I look so forward to my monthly Beautiful Brown Girls brunches, and the time spent with my “sistas” is always a good and funny time. But I am also one who will admit fights with bouts of depression, and I am finding out that I am not the only one. There has been a numerous amount of reasons on why women can get depressed but there are now more specific reasons of depression in women. In the U.S. alone over the last 4 years the number of depression-induced suicides in women have increased 22%, which is frightening. Some of the reasons that bring on clinical depression in women are:
- A persistent sad, anxious or “empty” mood, or excessive crying
- Reduced appetite and weight loss or increased appetite and weight gain
- Persistent physical symptoms that do not respond to treatment, such as headaches, digestive disorders and chronic pain
- Irritability, restlessness
- Decreased energy, fatigue, feeling “slowed down”
- Feelings of guilt, worthlessness, helplessness, hopelessness, pessimism
- Sleeping too much or too little, early-morning waking
- Loss of interest or pleasure in activities, including sex
- Difficulty concentrating, remembering, or making decisions
- Thoughts of death or suicide, or suicide attempts
It is also stated in those statistics that 37% of African American women are depressed, and out of that number more than half of them are young women between the ages of 21-33. This age range is disturbing as this is around the age that you are discovering your own “voice” and beginning to make of yourself. With non-wedlock pregnancies decreasing in teenagers and on the uptick of young women in their 20′s this too can be a trying time for them and is also a trigger of depression.
This is the time when we really need to reach out to one another and make sure that these young women and even yourself can and will be okay with the goings on in their and your own life. Find that place of peace where you can let go all of your problems; even reach out to your girlfriends and talk it over a bottle of wine and some smooth music. Having a release and not keeping your issues inside of you can and will be dangerous to you. As a woman who goes through the trials and tribulations of depression, I have learned to let it out, let it go, and get HAPPY!