A Brief Note On Women And Mental Illness

1226 Words Nov 12th, 2015 5 Pages
Maria Gonzalez
Professor Swanson
English 1A
November 3, 2015
Research Paper: Women and Mental Illness
Women in the United States are more susceptible to depression than men because of physical, sociological, and psychological factors. Despite recent increase in women diagnosed with depression through recent years, it is continuously perceived as a matter of little importance and dismissed as a petty problem that should not be taken seriously. Arguments against the importance of solving this increasing issue suggest that the problem is contributed by sexist and discriminating ideals towards women and mental illness.
Depression in women vary through different categorizations. Major depression, for example, has severe symptoms that interfere with a woman 's ability to work, sleep, study, eat, and enjoy life. An episode of major depression may occur only once in a person 's lifetime. But more often, a person can have several episodes. Dysthymic disorder or dysthymia has depressive symptoms that last two years or longer, but less severe than those of major depression. Minor depression is similar to major depression and dysthymia, but symptoms are less severe and may not last as long (Thrope). Depression, through its many types, in summary has the potential to be a very harmful mental illness that without recognition and treatment of it can lead to serious consequences.
Physical factors that can predispose women of depression include those such as genetics, hormonal…
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