No, it is not that time of the month again. And honestly speaking, it’s offensive to think that just because women feel strongly about something, you would instantly think that way. One should not disqualify what a woman feels by always equating emotions with menstruation.
Misconceptions about how women think and feel have become a huge issue these days. There are a lot of sensitive topics revolving around the emotional and mental behavior of women; although it is scientifically accurate that women are more emotional than men because of their gender difference; this includes stress and depression. There are underlying, medical reasons behind it.
According to a study, women are more likely to become stressed out and depressed compared to their male counterparts for valid, unequivocal observations and argumentations. “Neuroscientists have found that brain structure is altered by chronic exposure to the stress hormone cortisol, which can be a major contributing factor to anxiety and depression. Feelings of calm arise from time away from work and relieve stress, which allows the body and mind to heal in ways that it couldn’t if it were still under pressure.” Shannon Torberg, PsyD, LP added.
One of the most cited reasons why there is inflation in women suffering from depression is because of hormonal levels that occur not just only during menses but also postpartum depression and menopause. In menopause, there is the unnerving presence of spiral melancholia. Hyperthyroidism, a condition with decreased levels of thyroid hormones, is mainly connected with depression. Jennifer Bradley, Psy.D., HSPP, Clinical Psychologist also stated that “When we are imbalanced, we develop various types of difficulties, including psychological and/or physical symptoms, and we begin to use ineffective or damaging coping mechanisms.”
Involvement with society and expectations
“Our society tells us that if you talk about your issues, express your feelings, or even verbalize you have a mental health disorder, you must be “weak.”,” Ryan Parks, M.Ed, LPCC said. That is the reason why women are seen to be the more prone to stress because of how attached and invested they are in their relationships. Aside from that, working moms are having a hard time balancing their time and responsibilities between work and home. Difficulty in keeping up with the pressure in practice is a significant contributor to depressive moods. Women are expected to be a lot of things all at once either in work, home, and family, not to mention putting up with all the nasty sexism.
Awareness and acceptance
Statistics may show that women are more likely to get stressed and depressed, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that the numbers are accurate. Studies are stating that because women are more inclined to consulting medical professionals about their mental or physical well-being, they are prone to be diagnosed and becoming another statistic. Also, there are reports wherein subjective diagnoses and evaluations of depression are made if the patient is a woman than a man.
Trauma and sexual abuse
Women are more prone to physical or sexual abuse. Let that sink in. Seeing women as the weaker gender regarding physical strength, they have been an easy target for predators. And according to research, women and girls have the highest number regarding sexual assault. One in every six American women suffered, once in their lives, of rape, whether the act was unsuccessful or successful.
Inequality and discrimination
If there’s one thing that the current culture and society have proven is that women aren’t appreciated and paid enough for their tireless efforts as compared to men. An evident example is in the workplace wherein men, who have the same workload their women counterparts, have higher salaries.Racial discrimination in the workplace or society is another factor that contributes to a woman’s stressful, depressive state. These issues can go as far as feeling worthless, having decreased self-esteem, and financial instability.
Cut them some slack
Give women a noggin break. They already have a lot to deal. And exaggerations like “that lady with a temper,” is not something that women deserve. In an attempt to understand why women act and feel in a certain way, one must first know the underlying cause. Women didn’t volunteer to get the more substantial portion of the pie; yet, they are doing the best they can to make the most of what they have. Sadly, they are born in a world that has a lot of triggers for stress and depression.