Women's Health Articles

For Adults  & Teens

Depression in Women 

Women are more likely to be diagnosed with depression than men may also experience depression differently. Based on many factors including biology, hormones, culture, gender roles, and societal expectations, woman may also experience in unique ways.

Some gender differences in depression include:

  • Feeling scared or anxious

  • Blame themselves for their depression rather than blaming others or external events

  • Feeling apathetic or question their self-worth

  • “People pleasing” or avoiding conflicts with others

  • Turning to food, alcohol, or romance to self-soothe​

Women are also two times more likely to experience Atypical Depression, a type of depression different than more well known depressions categorized by persistent sadness. Women are not only more likely to experience Atypical Depression but the age of onset may be earlier than men and the feelings more chronic. Despite it’s name, Atypical Depression is quite common. 

Symptoms of Atypical Depression include:

  • Sleeping more often (hypersomnia), fatigue

  • Increased appetite or weight gain

  • Interpersonal sensitivity, increased reaction to rejection or criticism

  • Feeling weighed down, heaviness in the arms and legs

Depression in Teenage Girls 

Research suggests that adolescent girls are more than twice as likely to be diagnosed with depression compared to boys. Although the cause of this is still unknown, contributions to teenage depression in girls include social comparisons, bullying, impacts of social media, high personal standards and expectations for achievement, friendship stress, identity issues, and lowered feelings of self-worth, and issues in romantic relationships. In general, girls tend to internalize their problems, often blaming themselves for setbacks and challenges leading to more emotional turmoil, stress, anxiety, and depression. Oftentimes, the goal of therapy is to provide a safe and nurturing environment for adolescent girls to express their emotions, explore their unique strengths and identity, and discover effective ways of coping. 

 

Some Benefits of Therapy for Depression in Women & Teenage Girls

  • Improved mood

  • Reduced stress and anxiety

  • Increased self awareness leading to more peace and acceptance  

  • Increased coping skills

  • Better performance at school and/or work

  • Strengthened relationships 

  • Better communication skills

    Improved ability to identify and tend to your needs 

My Approach to Depression Treatment for Women & Teenage Girls

I received specialized training in Women's Health through the Neuroscience and Women’s Health Clinic at Stanford University School of Medicine. I have studied women's mood and anxiety disorders, completing my dissertation study on the relationship between self-compassion and depression symptoms in postpartum.

 

What we know about depression in women and girls is that it's often caused or worsened by a multitude of factors including genetic predisposition, biology and hormones, level of social support, lack of harmony in friendships and/or romantic relationships, difficulties at work or school, and family discord. That is why I focus on treating the whole person, rather than just a list of symptoms. In my office in Orange County or San Diego, I provide non-judgmental, client-centered therapy to women and teenage girls, focusing on each individuals unique strengths and abilities. This humanistic approach to therapy helps you find more peace in your life, realign with your goals and values, and improve your relationship with yourself and others. 

“When a flower doesn't bloom, you fix the environment in which it grows, not the flower.” -Alexander Den Heijer

Interested? Let's Connect. 

If you or your teenage daughter are struggling with depression, I'm here to help. Depression treatment for women and adolescent girls is available in Orange County, San Diego, or online via teletherapy. 

 
 
 

Depression Treatment for Women & Girls

Orange County and San Diego

 

Newport Beach | Orange County, CA

180 Newport Center Drive Suite 168, Newport Beach, CA 92660

Encinitas | North County, San Diego, CA

169 Saxony Road Suite 111, Encinitas, CA 92024

 

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