Signs and Symptoms of Depression in Women

Updated at: Feb 17, 2012
Signs and Symptoms of Depression in Women

Women display telling signs and symptoms of depression.

Rory Coen
Women's HealthWritten by: Rory CoenPublished at: Feb 17, 2012

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Recognising and understanding the signs and symptoms of is something everyone should be aware of. Depression tends to be more prevalent in women than men, and a high percentage of sufferers either don’t know they have the disorder or they are not getting the required treatment to aid their recovery. Here are some of the signs and symptoms of depression in women.


Consistently sad, anxious, of having a feeling of emptiness. Maybe the individual isn’t as loquacious as they normally are. They’re not practicing their normal tendencies or idiosyncrasies.

  • They may have lost interest in activities which they usually had great time for, including sex. Their libido – or sexual drive – may have totally diminished.
  • Constantly finding them crying or looking like they’re about to burst into tears.
  • Do they express feelings of guilt, helplessness, hopelessness or chronic pessimism?
  • Are they spending long hours in bed. Like sleeping in until very late on weekends, instead of getting up and having a productive day. They may be finding it difficult to face the world and their bed is giving them the solace they need.
  • Has their appetite diminished? Are they playing a lot with their food and not finishing their meals, maybe leaving the table early? Has they gained weight or lost weight unexpectedly?
  • Has their energy decreased? Depression can leave the individual feeling run down and chronically tired.
  • Trouble concentrating or paying attention to simple conversations. The mind tends to wander to the matters that are triggering the depression. It can be very frustrating trying to discuss something with a depressive person.


Other physical symptoms may include headaches, migraines, indigestion or other digestive disorders and chronic pain anywhere in the body.


The signs and symptoms of depression in women are very broad, as can be evidenced above, but they all carry a lot of weight none-the-less in the diagnosis of depression. Everybody is different, so some of these may affect some and not others.


You may be unaware that you are suffering yourself, but upon reading this you are a little wiser about your own situation. Maybe have yourself checked out by your doctor if you’re not confident you are living a mentally stable life. If you see these symptoms in any of your friends, family or acquaintances, then it’s advised to have a brief chat with them about it.

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