Breakthrough Research: Women More Prone to Depression & Memory Issues
04 Mar 2015
Women are more prone to depression and memory decline: Here are some research backed facts : A scientific perspective to help you brace up and work out to avoid going down your positivity graph.
Women report 50% more cases of depression than men. Women mental health demands attention because women are predisposed on a molecular level for acquiring mental health problems more than men.
It has always been out in the open that women tend to have more chances of getting mental health problems like depression, bipolar disorder but they were often attributed to the stressors and risks women are exposed to. However, in study conducted by Shors and Leuner from Rutgers University have scientifically proven the fact that women are more inclined to have such problem because they are biologically made up like that.
The Estrogen Effect
A hormone called estrogen is released from ovaries and is very important for the reproductive cycles. These hormones are usually secreted in low amount prior to mensturation, immediately after child birth during peri-menopause (the time around menopause) and the menopausal transition. This is exactly when women report maximum cases of depression or depressive symptoms. This indicates that the changing level of estrogen has an effect as the depressive symptoms are most prominent and prolonged when levels of estrogen fluctuate.
Another fact is that this estrogen also plays a role in improving mental activity and cognitive performances. Estrogen boosts memory. In an animal experiment model it was seen that female rats performed best when they were high on estrogen. They could remember and perform better under low stress than male rats.
When a stressful event happened male performed better than female rats.
This difference was presence of estrogen. When the stressful stimulus was applied, it resulted in depletion of estrogen levels in female rats, hence, poor memory and performance. This effect was reverted when estrogen was restored. Therefore, another reason why stress needs to be checked is stress causes lesser estrogen in women leading to poor memory and declining mental performance.
So Self-Care and awareness is a must for women so that they may try and prevent decline in mental & cognitive abilities.
Some Tips for Balancing Estrogen Levels
Positive estrogen balance can be maintained by maintaining a healthy diet plan i.e. more greens & fruits, avoiding substance abuse & regularly doing exercises & Yoga.
Stress has a strong negative impact on estrogen levels. If you are under stress lately, some awareness and positive therapy & counseling will be very useful.
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